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A look at Central Arkansas

Posted: August 13, 2014 - 10:42pm  |  Updated: August 14, 2014 - 12:36am
Central Arkansas offensive lineman Cole Canthers celebrates a touchdown against Colorado in the third quarter of Colorado's 38-24 victory in a college football game in Boulder, Colo., on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)  David Zalubowski
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Central Arkansas offensive lineman Cole Canthers celebrates a touchdown against Colorado in the third quarter of Colorado's 38-24 victory in a college football game in Boulder, Colo., on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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The Bears are under a new head coach this season, Steve Campbell, for the first time since 2000.

Central Arkansas’ roster is full of youth, but because of a multitude of injuries last season, those young guys gained valuable experience.

The offense is led by senior quarterback Ryan Howard who became the starter halfway through last season. He threw for 1,848 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Dezmin Lewis leads a talented receiving corps after finishing last year with 50 catches for 721 yards and seven touchdowns.

Defensively, the Bears lost some talent in the secondary. However, two-time All-SLC defensive end Jonathan Woodard returns after leading the conference with eight sacks last season.

THE BEARS’ SCHEDULE

KEY RETURNERS

KEY LOSSES

HEAD COACH

LOCATION

STADIUM

Aug. 30 at Texas Tech

Sept. 6 Tennessee-Martin

Sept. 13 at Montana State

Sept. 20 Missouri State

Sept. 27 Nicholls State*

Oct. 4 at Stephen F. Austin*

Oct. 11 Houston Baptist*

Oct. 18 at Southeastern Louisiana*

Oct. 25 Northwestern State*

Nov. 1 at Abilene Christian*

Nov. 8 Lamar*

Nov. 22 at Sam Houston State*

*Southland Conference game

2013 Results

7-5 overall, 4-3 (4th in
Southland)

2013 Stats

33.2 (29th) points scored

27.2 (61st) points allowed

452.9 (16th) total offense

121.3 (101st) rushing

331.6 (5th) passing

401.3 (74th) total defense

150.4 (48th) run defense

250.9 (102) pass defense

WR Dezmin Lewis, OL Cole Caruthers, DE Jonathan Woodard

MLB Justin Heard, SS Jestin Love, CB Marcus Peters

Steve Campbell, 1st season

Conway, Arkansas

Estes Stadium

— Compiled by Krista Pirtle

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