ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine football team will conclude its 15-session spring season Saturday morning with the playing of the ninth annual Jeff Cole Spring Scrimmage.
Coach Jack Cosgrove’s Black Bears will be put through their paces in live-action game situations during a session scheduled to start at 10 a.m. on Morse Field at Alfond Stadium.
Admission is free.
Fans should be watching for several dynamics involving play on both sides of the ball.
Experienced quarterback, wide receivers, tight ends: Quarterback Marcus Wasilewksi returns after ranking second in the Colonial Athletic Association with 214.9 pass yards per game last season. He will have plenty of receivers, with senior Derrick Johnson and juniors Damarr Aultman and Arthur Williams, who both played key roles in the Black Bears’ run to the 2011 NCAA Final Eight, also returning.
All-CAA First Team tight end Justin Perillo should also be an integral part of the offense in 2013.
Running backs competition: There will be significant competition at running back with senior Rickey Stevens and true sophomore Nigel Jones earning several weekly awards last season and redshirt freshman Sacoy Malone and senior Zedric Joseph also clamoring for playing time. Fullback Carlton Charles, also a key player in 2011, returns after missing all of last season due to injury.
Emerging offensive line: The offensive line will look to emerge as a presence once again and try to fill the void left by three seniors who had each started for three years. Joe Hook and Jeff Gakos will be the anchors in 2013.
Experienced defensive line: On defense, end Michael Cole continues to come back from injury but is sure to be a force after leading the conference with 7.0 sacks despite playing in only five games. The Black Bears will also return experienced senior Erwin Roach and freshman All-American Michael Kozlakowski.
Linebacking corps: The linebackers will be anchored by senior Troy Eastman with Arron Achey and Trevor Bates, who had a good freshman campaign on the defensive line, solidifying the linebacking corps.
Three starters in the secondary: The secondary will be keyed by senior cornerback Kendall James who has started the last two seasons, with Khari Al-Mateen and Jamal Clay returning as starters at the safety positions.
Special teams: The special teams will feature returning punter Jeff Ondish and place kicker Sean Decloux.
UMaine track at AE championship
The UMaine men’s and women’s track and field teams head to Binghamton University at Vestal, N.Y., this weekend for the America East Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Among those expected to compete for the Black Bears on the women’s side: senior Jesse Labreck will look to continue her dominance in the heptathlon, ranking as the third-best in the NCAA East Region.
All-American Corey Conner has the third-best mark in the NCAA East Region in the 10,000 meters to lead the distance athletes.
On the men’s side, Kelton Cullenberg is the top-ranked runner in the 5,000 while Justin Gagne and Donald Clark are ranked first and second in the shot put.
Frank Del Duca is ranked third in the long jump and 100 meters while James Reed is third in the hurdles and fifth in the 100 meters.
Brian Woodbury is ranked third in the discus and fifth in the shot put while Nathaniel Meade is third in the triple jump.
The America East Championships begin at 10 a.m. Saturday.