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2017 Team Preview – Upper Dublin Cardinals (1)

Written by: on Sunday, August 20th, 2017. Follow David Mika on Twitter.


Head Coach: Bret Stover

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

Team Name: Upper Dublin

2016 Record: 9-2

2017 Schedule:

Key Starters Lost:

Justin Horn QB
Mike Cottom RB/S
Phil Butler RB /CB
Jalen Heim WR/CB
JT Breslin SE/LB
Jason O’Gara C/DE
Zhaire Lee OL/DL
Ryan O’Gara TE/DE

Offensive Starters Returning: (3)

RB Malik Bootman 5’10 200 SR
OL Chris McDermott 5’10 215 Sr
OL Quinton Derr 6’5 255 Jr

Defensive Starters Returning: (2)

Max Winebrake 5’10 195 Sr LB
RB Malik Bootman 5’10 200 SR

Special Team Starters Returning: (3)

K Chris Shields 5’10 170 Jr
P Chris Barbera 5’10 185 Jr
LS Jared Pollock ^’0 195 Sr

Key Newcomers: (6)

Jack Jamison Sr WR/DB 5’10 170
Ryan Besachio Sr 6’2 190 WR/CB
Julian Gimbel Sr 5’10 180 QB/FS
Nick Sowers Sr 5’10 175 WR/SS
Anthony Cerminara Sr 5’10 165 WR/CB
Mike Slivka Soph 6’0 180 QB/FS

Key Stats: Entering the 2017 as the 3 time defending SOL American Conference Champions

2017 Offensive Outlook: Graduation has once again depleted the Cardinals of experienced players.The team will look to players within the system to rise up and fill the voids left by graduation. Julian Gimbel is poised to take over as the signal caller, and will rely heavily on Sr. Malik Bootman to carry the load offensively. Up front Chris McDermott and Quinton Derr return to provide experience in the O-line. Lots of competition at the receiver position will be interesting who steps up to claim these positions.

2017 Defensive Outlook: With only two returning starters on defense in Max Winebrake and Malik Bootman, the team will rely on the two leading tacklers from the 2016 campaign to provide the leadership on the defensive side of the ball until the newcomers can gain traction.

2017 Special Teams Outlook: Both kickers return as well as the long snapper. WIth the inexperience on offense and defense, special teams will play a vital role in our success, especially early in the season.


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