2017 Team Preview: South Side Rams (7)
Written by: Billy Splain on Sunday, August 6th, 2017
Assistant Coaches: Rod Weaver
Team Name: South Side Rams
2016 Record: 4-6
Key Starters Lost: AJ Crider
Offensive Starters Returning: Jake Navarra (OL, 6-0, 205, Sr.)
Josh Hillard (OL, 5-11, 200, Jr.)
Jaelen Crider (TE, 6-3, 215, So.)
Austin Reilly (TE, 6-0, 200, Sr
Defensive Starters Returning: Jake Navarra (DL, 6-0, 205, Sr.)
Josh Hillard (DL, 5-11, 200, Jr.)
Jaelen Crider (DE, 6-3, 215, So.)
Anthony Navarra (DB, 5-7, 165, So)
Jordan Bruce (DB, 5-10, 165, Jr.)
Rigdon Doran (DB, 6-0, 175, Sr.)
Special Team Starters Returning: Calli Grimplin (K, 5-4, 125)
Key Newcomers: Bruce (RB)
Jake Botkin (FB/LB, 5-10, 195, Jr.)
Key Stats: Replacing the entire backfield that combined to run for 2,300 yards last season.
2017 Offensive Outlook: We’re replacing a number of starters on the line and in the backfield. Our kids have attacked the offseason and are totally bought in. We don’t have 1 single player than can replace the production of AJ Crider, so we will need to focus on all 11 men playing together and executing their assignment.
2017 Defensive Outlook: Defensively, we want to be an aggressive, physical defense. Similar to our offensive mentality, we are focusing on 11 men working as one cohesive unit.
2017 Special Teams Outlook: We return our place-kicker, long snapper, holder, and kick-off specialist, but will have to find a new punter and returners.
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