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Bill Collick is a man used to success. As a head coach at Delaware State University in the 1980s and 1990s, Collick routinely guided the Hornets to Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championships and Top 25 rankings in NCAA Division I-AA. He also coached one of the NFL's great receivers in John Taylor, the former 49er all-pro.

That kind of success has eluded the Sussex Tech football program since it won the 1993 Division II state championship under John Parker, who left for Woodbridge shortly thereafter and guided the Blue Raiders to their first state tournament berth in 1999.

In fact, Tech went 0-10 last year including an 0-6 mark in the Henlopen Conference Northern Division. It is from those ashes that Collick must light a fire in the Ravens in 2000.

"I think we've gotten a little better (since training camp opened)," said Collick, who went 80-41 at DelState before becoming athletic director there in 1997. "Philosophically, I've always been a guy that expects our teams to get better. If you do, that puts you in a position to win. We thought that at times at DelState we even got better in defeat. Ultimately we felt we would get to winning."

Collick coached at Cape Henlopen High School before going to DelState so he is not unfamiliar with the high school game.

His reputation brought 87 kids out for training camp with 70 hanging in there so far.

The Ravens will rely on wide receiver George Smith, a senior who sparked the offense last year with graduated quarterback Travis Schirmer. Smith will try to develop a similar chemistry with new quarterback Fred Murray, a junior.

Filling the shoes of graduated running back Osmond Eley will be senior halfback Robert Twilley and sophomore fullback Prince Kimmerlin, a transfer from Milford.

Following is a detailed look at the 2000 Sussex Tech High School football team:

Head Coach: Bill Collick, 1st season

Career Record: 80-41 (at DelState)

1999 Record: 0-6 North, 0-10 Overall

Key Returning Players:

  • George Smith, Sr., WR-CB
  • Jeff Marsh, Sr., OG-DT
  • Chip McKinney, Sr., OG-DT
  • Prince Kimmerlin, So., ILB-FB
  • Fred Murray, Jr., CB-QB
  • Robert Twilley, Sr., OLB-HB
  • Morgan Schirmer, Jr., CB-HB
  • Blair Spicer, Sr., DE-TE
  • Shannon Wright, Sr., TE-DE

Key Players Lost:

  • Travis Schirmer, QB
  • Osmond Eley, RB
  • Jamie Tinley, RB

Promising Newcomers:

  • Shaun Evans, So., OLB-HB
  • Jeremy Pitney, So., QB-FB-ILB
  • Marcus Morris, So., QB-DB
  • B.J. Gardner, Sr., RB-LB

Strengths: Collick views wide receiver George Smith as the team's best player but he'll need quick improvement from junior quarterback Fred Murray to get the ball to Smith in the Ravens' Wing-T. Running back Robert Twilley had some nice games last year and Collick is pleased with fullback Prince Kimmerlin, a transfer from Milford. "Freddie has come on and is doing a nice job," said Collick. "We want Freddie to get to the point where he can make George a force and get the ball to him."

Weaknesses: Collick says that although his offensive line is improving and the Ravens have 70 players out, depth on the offensive line will be a problem. "We can't get anyone hurt there," he said. Confidence is another concern after the 0-10 campaign in 1999. "It would be nice if our kids can get off to a good start," Collick said. "Sometimes it can make all of the difference in the world."

Collick on the Henlopen North: "That's tough football there, buddy. We'll try to play them one at a time. We'll just try to improve and get the football program going in the right direction."

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