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2017 Team Preview – Central Dauphin Rams (3)

Written by: on Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017. Follow David Mika on Twitter.


Head Coach: Glen McNamee

Assistant Coaches: Sean Rosler, Mike Dougherty, Thom Carmo, George Landis, Paul Linn, Nate Linn, Jon Linn, Ben Cohick, Marshall Fisher, Jason Easter, Denny Duttenhoffer, Tim McMinn

Team Name: Central Dauphin Rams

2016 Record: 10-2

2017 Schedule:

Key Starters lost: Terrell Gabriel, AJ Millar, Dylan Weaver, Manus Frank, Cole Veliky, Gavyn Hoffman, Chase Flythe, Trey Paul, Jordan Sellers, Evan Childs, Logan Gabrielson, Andrew Johnson, Alec Casilli, Sylas Pope, Clay Tinkham

Offensive Starters Returning: (3)

Sr RB Mike Wise-Belle 5’10 220

Sr OL Bo Heshler  6’4″ 270

Sr TE Grant Smith  6’4″ 225

Defensive Starters Returning: (1)

Jr LB Adam Burkhart 5’10” 215

Special Team Starters Returning: (1)

Sr K/P Ethan Van Buskirk  6’0″ 190

Key Newcomers:  (4)

Sr OL/DE Joey Silvers 6’3″ 215

Jr LB/FB Mason Griffiths 5’11” 220

Sr WR/DB Mike Payton 6’1″ 195

Sr WR/DB Saville Pope 6’1″ 190

D1 (FBS & FCS) Prospects: Grant Smith, Bo Heshler, Ethan Van Buskirk

Key Team Stats: Mid Penn Commonwealth Champions 6 years in a row and 7 of the last 8

2017 Outlook:

Offense:  Only 3 returning starters so there will be many new faces working together for the first time.  All-Conference RB Mike Wise returns and will have to provide a punch especially in the early going.  Grant Smith will be a target at TE/WR and Bo Heshler will anchor the OL.  This will have to be a unit that improves as the year goes on.

Defense:  Only 1 returning starter so it will be an extremely inexperienced unit.  LB Adam Burkhart will anchor the LB’s.  The DL and DB units will consist of all new faces.

Special Team:  All-Conference P/K Ethan Van Buskirk will be relied upon heavily for points and field position with this inexperienced AND young team.  He will be comfortable working with the same longsnapper (Joey Silvers) and same holder (Brady Straub) from 2016.  These 3 are potentially the MVP’s of this young and inexperienced team.  The kick returners and punt returners will all be new faces.

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