Coach: Dan Barnson, sixth season (33-21)
2011 record: 9-3 (7-1 Northwest League)
Returning letterwinners: 18
Returning starters: Five offense, three defense
Base offensive set: Double wing
Base defensive set: 4-2-5
Top offensive players: OL Elijah George (Sr.); OL Thomas Newton (Sr.); TE Rasheed Parks (Sr.)
Top defensive players: DT Steven Davis (Sr.); DE Jordan Eggleston (Sr.)
Top newcomers: LB/RB Anthony Smith (Jr.); DB/RB Larry Norman (So.); OL Frank Johnson (Sr.)
Key losses: DB/RB Roderick Eason; DB/RB Steve Burns
Outlook: The Aggies were among the area’s top teams all last season, with two of the losses coming to eventual Class 4A state champion Bishop Gorman, and the other to Sunset Region runner-up Palo Verde.
Take away the two losses to Gorman, and Arbor View outscored its opponents 427-132, winning six games by 28 or more points.
George, a two-time all-state pick who already has garnered recruiting interest from Duke and UNLV among others, will lead the charge. He’ll team with Newton, who is back for his third year as a starter on the offensive line, to open holes in the team’s double-wing offense.
The Aggies must replace essentially their entire backfield. Eason, Burns and Christian Rodriguez graduated after combining to rush for 1,834 yards last season. Donnie Gaskin, who led the team with 1,198 yards and 18 TDs, did not return to the team for his senior season.
The defense has less experience, but All-Northwest League defensive tackle Davis will be key after leading the Aggies with 76 tackles and seven sacks last season.
Replacing Burns, Eason and Joey Comish in the secondary will be tough.