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2010 West Georgia Wolves Football Preview

West Georgia's only victory last year came in a 10-9 scrum against conference mates and likewise geographically inclined West Alabama. Opponents outscored the Wolves by almost four touchdowns per game. Piling on, the NCAA placed West Georgia's whole athletic department on four seasons of probation for using 119 ineligible players since 2005. The school is losing scholarships and postseason eligibility, and may have to forfeit some of its scarce previous wins. Oof.

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Despite all that, Carrolton's brand new $35 million University Stadium was one of the better-attended stadiums in the conference last year, with over 5,000 fans per game. This season's marquee games will be Oct. 9, when the Gulf South's best team, North Alabama, comes to town, and a Nov. 6 trip to state rival Valdosta State.

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Plus, there's a glimmer of hope. West Georgia returns 19 starters, including standout sophomore Yusuf Holloway, a second-team All-Gulf South Conference running back last year. Holloway led the Wolves in rushing with 744 yards, and was second to wide receiver/kick returner Malcolm Johnson in receiving yards. Two starting interior linemen who missed the entire 2009 season, center Ukandu Emeonye and defensive tackle Juan Pickett, are ready to contribute. 

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The Wolves started off their season with a 10-7 loss, extending their losing streak to three games. West Georgia will remain extremely young for the next couple seasons, with only 15 seniors listed on their roster of 106 players. The West Georgia Wolves will be the Peach State's team with the most to overcome, but all that young talent may mean a bright future.

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Former Wolves on pro football rosters include Dallas Cowboys practice squadder Marquis Floyd, Arena League linebacker Kelvin Morris, and Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive lineman Odell Willis.

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Previous 2010 Division II football previews:

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Plus check out all our Division I previews here.

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.