2017 Team Preview – Pine Grove Area Cardinals (11)
Head Coach: Jeff Sampson
Assistant Coaches: Vern Strouphauer, Tom Renninger, Justin Strouphauer, Trent Mars, Joe Barra, Jack Drey, Dave Zimmerman, Steve Zimmerman, Ron Freeman
Team Name: Pine Grove Area Cardinals
2016 Record: 2-8
Key Starters Lost: Austin Luckenbill, Carson Rittenbaugh, Justice Walls, Alex Vuksta
Offensive Starters Returning: (8)
SR QB Jacob Leininger, 6-3, 175
SR RB Cam Lutz, 5-9, 175
JR WR Andrew Griffiths, 6-3, 175
JR OG Vinny LePre, 6-0, 255
SR WR Marcus Hughes, 6-0, 180
SR RB Garrett Lehman, 5-10, 185
SO C Keith Kuppenhaver, 5-10, 225
SR FB Austen Ney, 5-10, 190
Defensive Starters Returning: (6)
SR DE Austen Ney, 5-10, 190
JR DT Vinny LePre, 6-0, 255
SR LB Garrett Lehman, 5-10, 185
SR LB Cam Lutz, 5-9, 175
JR DB Andrew Griffith, 6-3, 175
SR DB Jacob Leininger, 6-3, 175
Special Team Starters Returning: (2)
SR K Jason Soper, 5-8, 155
JR KR/PR Andrew Griffiths, 6-3, 175
Key Newcomers: (7)
SO TE Nathan Minnich, 6-0, 185
SO OG Trey Reynolds, 6-0, 200
JR LB Devon Artz, 5-10, 190
SO WR Colin Luckenbill, 5-5, 145
FR RB Ayden Ney, 5-5, 155
FR QB Josh Leininger, 5-9, 145
SR WR Dustin Carlin, 6-1, 175
Key Stats: SR RB Cam Lutz gained 890 yards playing 8 games.
SR DB Jacob Leininger had 4 INT, one for TD.
2017 Offensive Outlook: A balanced run/pass attack be key to our offensive success. Experience is in the skill positions, however a young offensive line needs to develop quickly.
2017 Defensive Outlook: The development of our defensive front is a key. Veteran defensive backfield needs to perform.
2017 Special Teams Outlook: KR/PR Andrew Griffith was a 1st team All Conference Returner last season as a sophomore. Execution by those in front is a key.
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