40 Teams in 40 Days – Day 24 – Spring-Ford (1) – Big School Team # 9
Conference: Pioneer Athletic Conference
Coach: Chad Brubaker
2012 Record: 12-3
Returning Players – Offense: Jr. OT Zach Dorsey; Sr. OG Josh Boyer; Sr. OG Andy Cutler; Sr. ATH Tate Carter; Sr. RB Jarred Jones; Jr. RB Michael Furmeister; Sr. WR Gary Hopkins; Sr. WR Joe Sink; Sr. WR Cody Davis
Returning Players – Defense: Sr. DL Robby Varner; Sr. DT Mason Romano; Sr. DE Alec Vagnozzi; Sr. LB Andy Lovre-Smith; Sr. LB Jake Leahy; Sr. CB Joe Bush; Sr. CB Jared Shoemaker
Special Teams: “Tate Carter is back at punt returning. Tate, Jarred Jones and Michael Furmeister return kicks. Kicking off is Dave Gulati. We have a battle at the punting position.”
Top Newcomers: Sr. WR Mason Lucas; Sr. TE Tyliek Freeman
How’s your offensive line?
“Zach Dorsey is moving from left guard to left tackle, he is a returning starter. The other returning lineman is Josh Boyer. He will play right guard. He platoons sometimes with Andy Cutler. Cutler will be at left guard. Chase Stine, Tyler German, Zach Smiley and Joe Goul will add depth on the line.”
Your quarterback is gone. Who will be your quarterback this year?
“We are having a battle at quarterback position this summer to determine our starter. We have Senior Zac DeMedio and two Juniors. They are Matt Daywalt and Brandon Leacraft. All three kids have one thing in common, little experience at the varsity level. We may not make a decision until week one.”
How about your running game?
“We have two great backs back. They are Jarred Jones and Tate Carter. Carter plays everywhere on the field. Michael Furmeister is another back that could see some time. Our fullback will be by committee.”
How’s your receivers look?
“We have the most depth at receiver spot. Gary Hopkins was our leading receiver, he’s back. Tate Carter is back. The other seniors that are back include, Joe Sink and Cody Davis. Mason Lucas, Danny Matthews, Brandon Barone, Connor Murphy, Alec Welsh and Will Meredith add depth. We also have a transfer from Pope John Paul II, he is Jon Traywick.”
“At tight end we are moving Tyliek Freeman from wide receiver to tight end. He has worked real hard this off-season. Alec Vagnozzi is back at H-Back and he started a couple of games at fullback for us last year. The other tight end is Bryce Rhodenbaugh.”
How’s your defensive line?
“Mason Romano and Robby Varner were all-league defensive tackles. Mason probably will move to defensive end or play some tackle. Where he was all-league as a sophomore. The defensive tackle position is wide-open. Zach Smiley is in the mix. We did move Alec Vagnozzi from linebacker to end. We think it’s a better fit for him.”
How are your linebackers?
“Andy Lovre-Smith saw some time as a sophomore and started as a junior, he’s back. We moved Jake Leahy from defensive end to linebacker this summer to see how he can adapt. If Matt Daywalt isn’t our quarterback he has a chance to start at linebacker or defensive end. Jarred Jones and Connor Murphy will see sometime at linebacker. Tim Vu adds depth.”
How’s your secondary look?
“Joe Bush and Jared Shoemaker are returning corners. Michael Furmeister, Joe Sink, Tate Carter and Cody Davis will battle at the safety spot.”
What are your keys this year?
“We are moving some kids around and it will depend on how quickly they pick up their new positions. We need to find leadership from the senior class. We have the ability to be good. It’s going to be a matter of coaching the little things. It’s important to get off to a good start.”
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