<big>It's time for Hampton University to play more consistently</big>


Donovan Rose is entering his third season as the Pirates' head coach after 17 years as an assistant, and says the program now bears more of his imprint than in the past two seasons, which have produced a combined .500 record. If that's true, it's time for Rose's team to start producing the consistent play that results in victories. HU started last year's 6-5 campaign strong, opening 5-1 and vaulting to first place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, before fading down the stretch. Rose is hoping for a more upbeat end as he begins his third decade on the Pirates' sideline.


Donovan Rose

Third year at HU (11-11)

Rose spent 19 years as an assistant with the Pirates and has seen their winning ways first-hand, first in the CIAA and then in the MEAC. A former pro who played in the CFL and with the Miami Dolphins, Rose often talks of restoring the Pirates' championship tradition and of doing it with some style. There's no time like the present.



Soph. | 5-9 | 170 | RB

Chisholm earned MEAC offensive rookie of the year honors after rushing for 607 yards and four touchdowns last season. February knee surgery kept him out of spring practice, but he was still a preseason first-team all-conference pick. With bruising change-of-pace back Steve Robinson now a free-agent signee with the Detroit Lions, Chisholm is the only returning member of the backfield who had more than 40 carries in 2010.


Sr. | 6-0 | 225 | LB

Sanchez, the 2010 MEAC preseason defensive player of the year after leading HU with 98 tackles in 2009, is back and healthy after a knee injury short-circuited what would have been his senior season. He is getting some high-profile help in the Pirates' linebacking corps with the transfer of Lyndell Gibson, who started 13 games for Virginia Tech last year. Though he said he's been cleared to play, in the first week of fall practice, Sanchez was still waiting for NCAA confirmation of his medical redshirt and eligibility for 2011.


Sr.| 6-1 | 195 | CB

Pellerin, who joined Chisholm as a preseason first-team all-conference pick, is a captain and the leader of a secondary Rose hopes will be a strength for a defense that loses safety Ricardo Silva, who signed a free-agent deal with Cincinnati. Pellerin had two interceptions and 14 pass break-ups last season and led HU cornerbacks with 41 tackles.