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2018 Team Previews – Cheltenham Panthers (1)

Written by: on Thursday, July 12th, 2018. Follow David Mika on Twitter.

 

Head Coach: Ryan Nase

Assistant Coaches:

Spentley Toran RB / JV Head Coach
Tauren Barker DL / Strength Coordinator
Dan Concannon Defensive Coordinator
Kyle Yeiter DB/WR
Colin Leach OL / Run Game Coordinator
Brandon Gordon QB
Matt Conroy OLB /Special Teams
Paul Bryant Inside LB
Shawn Greene Defensive Assistant
Chris Leahy Tight Ends
Mike Yeiter Video/Football Operations
Stephen Lynch Defensive Assistant
Anthony Jackson Corners/Speed Development

Team Name: Cheltenham Panthers

2017 Record: 2-8

2018 Schedules:

Key Starters Lost:

Julian Smiley S/S
Shamar Browne OL/DL
Josh Joachim LB
Ceeon Whitehead LB

Offensive Starters Returning: (7)

Marcus Winfield OT 6’3 245
Mason Jones WR 6’4 180
Jamir Barnes RB 5’10 170
Will Felix TE 6’2 215
Ryan Felder OG 6’0 260
TJ Harris WR 5’10 170
Dan Gaffin C 5’9 220

Defensive Starters Returning: (4)

Marcus Winfield DE 6’3 245
Ryan Felder DT 6’0 260
TJ Harris CB 5’10 170
Frank Sullen CB 5’8 160

Special Team Starters Returning: (1)

Justin Grady K/P 6’0 190

Key Newcomers: (6)

Sam Sykes RB/LB 5’9 185 (So.)
Adonis Hunter LB/QB 5’10 200 (Jr.)
Zach Gaffin S/S/ QB 5’9 175 (So.)
Siddiq Williams RB/LB 5’11 185 (Jr.)
Nasir Carson OL/DL 6’1 260 (So.)
Joe Thomas OL/DL 6’0 280 (So.)

2018 Offensive Outlook: Cheltenham looks to build upon the momentum gained the end of last season where they won two of the final three games. Adonis Hunter started the final four games at QB as a sophomore and will compete with rising Sophomore Zachary Gaffin for the starting position.The Strength of the team should be at the offensive skill positions where they return the top 3 rushers from 2017 including Jamir Barnes (Jr.) and Sam Sykes (So.) who are extremely talented young backs. They also return both starting wide receivers in Mason Jones (Sr.) and Lateef “TJ” Harris (Jr.). On the offensive front they return four starters led by seniors Marcus Winfield (OT), Ryan Felder (OG), Daniel Gaffin (C), and Will Felix (TE)

2018 Defensive Outlook: All four lineman will also play a role on the defensive front, but Cheltenham is extremely excited about the future and depth of the rising sophomore class of Defensive lineman that includes five players all over six feet tall and weighing over 200 pounds. While most of the linebacking starters graduate there are a few returning players who played significant reps at LB last year including Garret Schmidt (Sr.) who played quite a bit at Mike. In the secondary both corners are back in TJ Harris (Jr.) and Frank Sullen (Sr.) and Mason Jones (Sr.) and Jamir Barnes will move into the primary roles at the safety positions.

2018 Special Teams Outlook: Cheltenham’s not so secret weapon may be the special teams unit in which they have a two sport Division I recruit at K/P in Justin Grady (Sr.) as well as a plethora of speed to rely on in the return game including Sam Sykes (So.) who returned a number of kicks last year as just a freshman.

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