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Football Tigers Prepare for 2002 Season Opener

September 5, 2002

September 5, 2002, Greencastle, Ind. - "The NCAA Division III Tigers return 17 starters, their most in seven years, from a team that won four of its final six games and suffered two losses on the final play of the game," the Indianapolis Starwrites of DePauw's football team in its pre-season college football outlook. The Tigers open their 2002 season Saturday afternoon in Memphis, Tennessee against Rhodes College. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. (eastern standard time).

DePauw was 5-5 last season, 4-2 in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play. Nick Mourouzis begins his 22nd season as the Tigers' coach with a career record of 126-79-4. According to the Star's analysis of the team, "the key question is finding a replacement for [Jason] Lee, playing professionally in Germany (read more here) after setting nearly every single-season school QB record last season. The quarterback battle includes sophomores Matt Ogle, Karl Odenwald and Daryl Walden and freshman Ross Wiethoff." The story notes that among the Tigers' returning players, "[senior wide receiver John] Stephens set DePauw season records for receptions (88) and receiving yards (991), and [senior wide receiver Dan] Ryan (55 receptions for 882 yards) earned second consecutive all-conference honors. [Seniors Beau] Davis and [Mike] Laszynski are three-year starters at linebacker."

You can access the preview at the Star's Web site by clicking here.

Follow the Tigers throughout the season at DePauw.edu with post-game updates on the home page and detailed coverage at the athletic program's web page, which you'll find here.

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