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2017 Team Preview – Pine Grove Area Cardinals (11)

Written by: on Friday, August 18th, 2017. Follow David Mika on Twitter.


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

2017 Schedule:

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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