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1997 Personnel Breakdown

STARTERS RETURNING -- 13

Offense - 5
Quarterbacks (1) Thad Busby
Wide Receivers (1) E.G. Green
Centers (1) Kevin Long
Tight Ends (1) Melvin Pearsall
Tackles (1) Tra Thomas


Defense - 5
Noseguards (1) Andre Wadsworth
Strong Safeties (1) Shevin Smith
Cornerbacks (1) Samari Rolle
Middle Linebackers (1) Daryl Bush
Outside Linebackers (1) Sam Cowart**


Specialists - 3
Kickoff Returners (2) Laveranues Coles, Peter Warrick
Punt Returners (1) Dee Feaster

STARTERS LOST -- 15

Offense - 6
Guards (2) Chad Bates, Marcus Long
Wide Receivers (1) Andre Cooper
Running Backs (1) Warrick Dunn
Tackles (2) Todd Fordham, Walter Jones


Defense - 7
Defensive Ends (2) Peter Boulware, Reinard Wilson
Cornerbacks (1) Byron Capers
Linebackers (2) Vernon Crawford, Henri Crockett
Free Safeties (1) Sean Hamlet
Defensive Tackles (1) Connell Spain


Specialists - 2
Place Kickers (1) Scott Bentley
Punters (1) Sean Liss

LETTERMEN RETURNING -- 45

Offense - 18
Fullbacks (3) Khalid Abdullah, Lamarr Glenn, Forrest Green
Offensive Guards (2) Jeremy Brett, Jason Whitaker
Quarterbacks (2) Thad Busby, Dan Kendra
Wide Receivers (5) Laveranues Coles, Ron Dugans, E.G. Green, Germaine Stringer, Peter Warrick
Tailbacks (1) Dee Feaster
Tight Ends (2) Myron Jackson, Melvin Pearsall
Centers (2) Kevin Long, Eric Thomas
Tackles (1) Tra Thomas


Defense - 23
Linebackers (8) Daryl Bush, Sam Cowart**, Deon Humphrey, Bobby Rhodes, Theon Rackley, Demetro Stephens, Hank Grant, Lamont Green
Cornerbacks (2) Samari Rolle, Troy Saunders
Strong Safeties (1) Shevin Smith
Free Safeties (2) Dexter Jackson, Sean Key
Noseguards (2) Jerry Johnson, Billy Rhodes
Defensive Tackles (4) Sean Mitchell, Julian Pittman, Corey Simon, David Tulloch
Defensive Ends (4) Larry Smith, Greg Spires, Andre Wadsworth***, Chris Walker


Specialists - 4
Kickoff Returners (2) Laveranues Coles, Peter Warrick
Punt Returners (1) Dee Feaster
Deep Snappers (1) Clay Ingram

LETTERMEN LOST -- 22

Offense - 9
Guards (2) Chad Bates, Marcus Long
Tight Ends (1) Kamari Charlton
Wide Receivers (2) Andre Cooper, Wayne Messam
Running Backs (2) Warrick Dunn, Rock Preston
Tackles (2) Todd Fordham, Walter Jones


Defense - 10
Strong Safeties (1) Harold Battles
Defensive Ends (2) Peter Boulware, Reinard Wilson
Cornerbacks (2) Byron Capers, James Colzie
Linebackers (2) Vernon Crawford, Henri Crockett
Free Safeties (2) Sean Hamlet, Jason Poppell
Defensive Tackles (1) Connell Spain


Specialists - 3
Placekickers (1) Scott Bentley
Punters (1) Sean Liss
Holders (1) Travis Chambers


** - Sam Cowart missed 1996 with a knee injury but started every game in 1995.
*** - Andre Wadsworth started at noseguard in '96 but moved to defensive end.
Note: Tra Thomas started the last four games of '96 in place of Todd Fordham who moved to fill Chad Bates' guard spot after an injury.

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