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2017 Team Previews: McKeesport Tigers (7)

Written by: on Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017


Head Coach: Matt Miller

Assistant Coaches: Troy Blackwell
Jamie Eckels
Ivan Hampton
John Harper
Jared Miller
Tom Smith
Dennis Robinson
Habeeb Abdul Rabb

Team Name: McKeesport Tigers

2016 Record: 9-3

2017 Schedule

Key Starters Lost: Jay Shears QB Maine
Curtis Harper OL/DL Syracuse
Antoine Cook DE YSU

Offensive Starters Returning: John Harper SR QB 6’0 175
Carlinos Acie SR RB 5’9 175
Layton Jordan SR RB 6’3 210
Branson Smith SR SE 5’10 170
Alex Meadows SR OL 6’5 270

Defensive Starters Returning: John Harper SR FS 6’0 175
Carlinos Acie SR CB 5’9 175
Layton Jordan SR SS 6’3 210
Devin Sims JR LB 5’9 175
Canaan Baldinger SR LB 6’2 205

Special Team Starters Returning: Layton Jordan SR P 6’3 210
Dylan Vaniel JR Snapper 6’2 260

Key Newcomers: Marquis Butler JR FB/DE 6’0 205
Kanota Gaskins JR RB/SS 6’0 195
Justin Gooden SR DE 6’1 210
Naison Williams JR LB 5’10 230

Key Stats: John Harper is moving from WB to QB. He rushed for over 400 yards last year with 5 TDs.
Layton Jordan rushed for over 700 yards
Carlinos Acie rushed for over 600 yards

2017 Offensive Outlook: We must be able to establish the run. We need to get solid play froma very inexperienced line. We are a FlexBone Triple option team that runs the ball over 90% of the time. We have a lot of experience coming back in the skill positions. We need those leaders to help the new line early in the season.

2017 Defensive Outlook: We need to be solid on the back end of our defense because we will be inexperienced on the defensive line. The core of our defensive backs return but no returning starters are back on the d-line.

2017 Special Teams Outlook: We need to improve in the special teams facet of the game. a much bigger emphasis has been placed in this area of our team in this past off season.


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