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2018 Team Previews – Upper Dublin Cardinals (1)

Written by: on Sunday, July 15th, 2018. Follow David Mika on Twitter.

 

Head Coach: Bret Stover

Assistant Coaches: Eric Taylor, Dave Sowers, Ed Wall, Paul Winters, Steve Roberts, Steve Young

Team Name: Upper Dublin Cardinals

2017 Record: 8-4

2018 Schedules

Key Starters Lost:

Max Winebrake LB,
Malik Bootman LB, RB
Julian Gimbel QB
Ryan Besachio SE
Nick Sowers SS

Offensive Starters Returning: (8)

Sr.OT Quinton Derr 6’5 275
Sr OG Brian Derr 6’0 215
Sr OT CJ Stehli 6’3 230
Sr OG Connor English 6’0 240
Sr TE Brody Balasa 6’2 195
Sr Fl Selvin Haynes 5’10 175
Sr. RB Lucas Roselli 5’10 170
Jr. Slot Selvin Haynes 5’10 175

Defensive Starters Returning: (7)

Jr FS Mike Slivka 6’3 195
Sr CB Selvin Haynes 5;10 175
Sr CB Lucas Roselli 5’10 170
Sr LB Dylan Zlotnikoff 5’10 195
Sr LB Brody Balasa 6’2 195
Jr DT Aman Orlena 6’2 285
Sr DT Quinton Derr 6’5 275

Special Team Starters Returning: (1)

Sr. K/P Chris Barbera 6’3 205

Key Newcomers: (2)

Soph Michah Bootman 5’10 165 FL
Soph John Kohlbrenner 5’8 155 Slot

Key Stats: Returning 7 starters on both sides of the ball (2017) from a team that went to the final 16 (state qualifier) in 5A. This group grew up on the field last season with many forced into starting roles, but now have 12 varsity starts including 3 playoff games of experience.

2018 Offensive Outlook: Mike Slivka will take over as UD’s signal caller. The junior will have plenty of support up front as he gets comfortable behind center.Plenty of senior leadership in the offensive line will open holes for Roselli and Haynes.

2018 Defensive Outlook: Experience will be on the back end of the defense with all league performers in Slivka and Haynes returning. Will need to replace the teams two leading tacklers from last years squad. But size up front will allow the linebacker core to read and run to the football.

2018 Special Teams Outlook: K/P Chris Barbera, Chris will be a 3 year starter at these two positions. Chris has an opportunity to be one of the best kickers to have ever played here at Upper Dublin. Chris also has the opportunity to take his skill set to the next level. Chris proved last year to be a valuable field position changer, with his ability to kick off the ball into the end zone and punt for distance and hang time.

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