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2010 Clark Atlanta Panthers Football Preview by Jarrett Carter

Jarrett Carter, Sr. writes about HBCU football at HBCU digest. Follow him on Twitter here.

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There is cautious optimism for the Clark Atlanta Panthers in 2010. Controversy over an early season coaching change still looms over the campus, and the talent returning to the AUC’s other football school doesn’t appear to be threatening enough to visualize a run to the conference title.

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Can the SIAC’s best running back and something to prove put CAU into a top-five finish?

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2009

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A fired coach, a forfeit win due to swine flu over Stillman, and a seven-game losing streak to end the season were the memorable moments from 2009 for the Clark Atlanta Panthers. They were bottom third in most statistical categories in the SIAC, and mistakes often marred close contests with the conference’s elite.

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The Good

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CAU’s Winston Thompson is the SIAC’s best running back, and enters the 2010 season just two yards shy of 3,000 career rushing yards. He is the pre-season first team running back for the conference, is an overwhelming choice to be Player of the Year with a breakout senior campaign.

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The Bad

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Several seniors from the fourth-best pass defense in the conference have left, and sophomore starter Jasper Hanson and 09’ reserve Dominic Hughes return to a unit that had just five interceptions last year. Senior receiver Mortimer Lightburn (319 yards, Two TDs in 09’) returns to lead the Panther receiving corps, but questions will linger around senior quarterback Mark Wright, who led the conference in interceptions last year with 13.

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