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2017 Team Previews: Freedom Bulldogs (7)

Written by: on Thursday, August 10th, 2017


Head Coach: Tom Liberty

Assistant Coaches:
Russ Barley,
Anthony Marsilio,
Mark Ross,
John Rizzi,
Guy Ward,
Bob Prentice

Team Name: Freedom Bulldogs

2016 Record: 4-8

2017 Schedule

Key Starters Lost: Rec – Nick Henderson, K/P – Zach Greene, OL/DL – Evan Sweesey, OL/DL – Randy Simmons, TE – Scott Lazarus, LB Dean Ward

Offense Returning Starters:

QB – Zach Rosa 6’1” 175lbs
RB – Kyle Borgman 5’11” 190lbs
FB – Cody Ross 5’11” 210lbs
Rec – Jake Pail 5’8” 165lbs
C – Dan White 5’11” 240lbs
OG – Seth Weismantle 5’11” 205lbs

Defense Returning Starters:

DB – Kyle Borgman 5’11” 190lbs
LB – Cody Ross 5’11” 210lbs
DB – Michael Keith 6’1” 175lbs
DB – Jake Pail 5’8” 165lbs
DL – Dan White 5’11” 240lbs

Special Teams Returning:

KR / PR – Jake Pail 5’8” 165”
KR / PR – Kyle Borgman 5’11” 190lbs

Key Newcomers:

OL / DL – Tanner Boyer 6’0” 240lbs
TE / LB – Noah Henderson 5’10” 190”
OL / DL – George Schoedel 5’11” 250lbs

Key Stats Offense:

QB Zach Rosa – 1412 Yds Passing, 11 TD’s
RB Kyle Borgman – 644 Yds Rushing 4 TD’s
Rec – Jake Pail – 17 Rec, 205 Yds, 1 TD

Key Stats Defense:

LB Cody Ross – 96 Tackles, 16 Tackles for Loss, 1 Int, 1 Fumble Recovery, 2 Caused Fumbles
DB Michael Keith – 48 Tackles, 1 Tackle for Loss, 1 Fumble Recovery

2017 Offensive Outlook:

Strong group of young skill players return, especially in the backfield, led by Rosa at QB, and Borgman at RB. Ross moves full time to FB/HBack position. Pail returns at Rec, while Bulldogs will look to add depth from a quality group of young upcoming players. Four year starter Dan White anchors the offensive line which will have to rely on Weismantle, and Schoedel to help fill the void of 3 key losses. The key will be how fast the new starters can adjust, and blend with the skill the Bulldogs have.

2017 Defensive Outlook:

The strength of this defense will be at the LB and DB positions, while the key to the success of this unit will be how fast the DL develops as the season progresses with the talent that is on the backside. Ross will lead the LB group, while the secondary will be led by veterans Borgman, Pail, & Keith. Weismantle, and Henderson will step into the lineup to complete the LB positions. White will lead the DL, while newcomers Boyer and Schoedel, and a host of young talent round out this group which will have to develop quickly to catch up with the talent the Bulldogs have on the backside for the Bullodgs to push for a successful

2017 Special Teams Outlook:

While theBulldogs will need to develop a new punter and kicker due to graduation for the upcoming season they do have Pail & Borgman as veteran explosive returners.

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