League: Division I-A Sunset
Head coach: Marcus Teal, sixth season (20-27)
2014 record: 5-5 (4-3 Sunset, fourth)
Returning lettermen: 17
Returning starters: Five offense, five defense
Base offensive set: Multiple
Base defensive set: 4-2-5
Top offensive players: WR/QB Antony Vazquez (Sr.); RB/WR Marcus Dawson (Sr.); QB K.C. Moore (Jr.); OL Taevian Jacobs (Sr.); OL Nathan Hunt (Jr.)
Top defensive players: LB Raheem Edmonds (Sr.); DT Keki Faatiliga (So.); LB Dustin Kekahuna-Kahue (Sr.); DE Dean Balva (Sr.)
Top newcomers: QB K.C. Moore (Jr.)
Key losses: QB Christian Tasi; OL/DL Shiloh Fao; TE/DL Drazen Tojic; RB/FS Michael Bianco
Outlook: The Grizzlies entered the final week of the regular season in 2014 with a chance to win a league title. Instead, they finished in a five-way tie for second at 4-3 and wound up in fourth place on tiebreakers.
Teal hopes to vie for the league title again this season, but that may be a difficult task after graduation took nearly half the roster including several big-name players.
The Grizzlies graduated 19 of 40 players, and Bianco and Tasi, especially, will be difficult to replace.
Bianco was the Sunset League’s Defensive MVP and a second-team all-state pick after racking up 107 tackles and six interceptions as a safety. He also was the team’s second-leading rusher with 688 yards and five TDs.
Tasi was a first-team All-Sunset quarterback and led the team with 745 rushing yards.
Vazquez saw time at quarterback last season backing up Tasi, but will probably give way to newcomer Moore.
Vazquez also is the top returning receiver, after earning second-team All-Sunset League honors with 11 catches for 132 yards and three TDs.
On defense, Edmonds was a first-team all-league selection who was second on the team with 90 tackles.
“We will be young with a little bit of depth at all positions,” Teal said. “Our expectations are to continue to be competitive and challenge for a league title.”