Coach: Marty Redmond, eighth season (49-29)
2011 record: 9-3 (4-2 Southeast League)
Returning letterwinners: 15
Returning starters: Two offense, four defense
Base offensive set: Spread
Base defensive set: Multiple
Top offensive players: WR Tyler Morris (Sr.); QB Drew Doxtator (Jr.)
Top defensive players: SS Tyler Morris (Sr.); DL Joe Reid (Sr.); CB James Henderson (Sr.); DL Dillon Weasa (Jr.)
Top newcomers: RB/FS Rickey Dixon (Sr.); CB/WR Jalen Shepard (Jr.)
Key losses: Kyle Keplinger
Outlook: A two-point loss to Liberty in the Sunrise Region title game last season has the Falcons hungry.
Only Doxtator and Morris return on the offensive side of the ball, but they provide a good start.
Doxtator completed 57.4 percent of his passes for 2,687 yards and 37 TDs as a sophomore. Morris, who has committed to San Diego State, had 21 catches for 507 yards and eight TDs.
Redmond said many of the team’s other skill players saw varsity time last season, but just found themselves behind talented starters.
On defense, Redmond thinks the team’s improved speed should help keep the team from giving up big plays. Morris, who had 69 tackles and three interceptions, should lead the way on defense, as well, though the coaches will have to find a way to get their star some rest.
Look for the Falcons to battle Liberty atop the league again.