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2021 Team Preview: Danville Ironmen

Written by: on Thursday, August 19th, 2021. Follow David Mika on Twitter.

 

 

Head Coach: Mike Brennan

Assistant Coaches:
Mike Gurski
Brian Raup
Jeremy Winn
Marty Palm
Roy Dennis
BJ Farrow

Team Name: Danville Ironmen

2020 Record: 9-2

District: 4

Class: AAA

League: PA Heartland Athletic Conference, Division II

Key Starters Lost:
KJ Riley
Ian Persing
Jagger Dressler
Brady Hill
Tyler Simas
Gave Erdley
CJ Outt

Offensive Starters Returning:
Sr. OT Colin Findura, 6’8” 255
Sr. OG Gabe Benjamin, 5’11 195
Soph. C Justin Kutcher, 6’1” 260
JR. RB Ty Stauffer, 5’9” 185
Jr. WR Carson Persing, 5’9” 170
Soph. WR Hayden Winn, 6’3” 185

Defensive Starters Returning:
Soph. DL Justin Kutcher, 6’1” 260
Jr. LB Mason Raup, 5’11” 195
Sr. LB Gabe Benjamin, 5’11” 195
Jr. CB Carson Persing, 5’9” 170
Sr. CB Jack Smiley, 5’9” 175
Jr. FS Zach Gordon, 6’0” 185

Special Team Starters Returning:
Jr. KR/PR Carson Persing, 5’9” 170
Soph. KR/PR Aaron Johnson 5’o” 170

Key Newcomers:
Soph. WR/RB Aaron Johnson 5’9” 170
Sr. OL/DL Jesse Davis, 6’2” 195
Jr. OL/DL Declan Aikens, 6’0” 245
Soph. OL/DL Joe Shipe, 6’0” 200
Jr. LB Cade Cush, 5’10” 180

2020 Returning Player Stats:

Carson Persing, 61 catches 1,225 yards 14 TD’s in ten games.

Mason Raup, 123 tackles.

2021 Offensive Outlook: Continued offense of line development and physicality is key. We must run in the ball better and more consistently in 2021.

2021 Defensive Outlook: Young talent on the defense line must develop quickly to compliment the back half of the defense which returns.

2021 Special Teams Outlook: Kick and punt returners Carson Persing and Aaron Johnson return. The loss of all-star kicker/Punter KJ Riley will need to be filled by newcomers.

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