Coach: Brian Castro, second season (5-5)
2011 record: 5-5 (3-3 Southeast League)
Returning letterwinners: 16
Returning starters: Four offense, four defense
Base offensive set: Spread
Base defensive set: 3-5
Top offensive players: RB Gino Jonassaint (Sr.); WR Conor Perkins (Jr.); OL Tyrell Crosby (Jr.); OL Robert Carter (Sr.); OL Carter Nielson (So.); OL Greg Rodriguez (Sr.)
Top defensive players: LB Tyler Topham (Sr.); DL Keti Salakielu (Sr.); LB Shai Gomez-Simmons
Key losses: RB Aaron Love; WR Elijah Spann; WR Sean Ferraro; QB Jacob Olim; LB David George; LB Daniel Duran
Outlook: The Gators have a new league, and virtually all new skill players to go with it.
Love, who rushed for 1,642 yards and 21 TDs will be the biggest loss, but the team also must replace graduated QB Olim (1,558 passing yards, 16 TDs), and most of the receiving corps.
Green Valley does return four offensive linemen, and has plenty of size with Crosby (6-6, 290), Carter (5-11, 285), Nielson (6-3, 305).
Linebackers Topham and Gomez-Simmons figure to pace the defense along with the massive Salakielu (6-5, 295).
Castro expects the defense to be much improved this season, and hopes to force turnovers to make the offense’s job easier.