Coach: Frank Tousa, second season (0-9)
2011 record: 0-9 (0-8 Northwest League)
Returning letterwinners: 13
Returning starters: Five offense, three defense
Base offensive set: Spread
Base defensive set: 3-5
Top offensive players: QB J Henderson (Jr.); RB Ryan Johnson (Sr.); WR Deshawn Thompson (Sr.); OL Hunter Rawson (Sr.); WR Alex Wise (Sr.)
Top defensive players: LB Robby Mokiao (Sr.); LB Andrew Kesi (Sr.); DB J Henderson (Jr.); DB Ryan Johnson (Sr.); DB Chris Goodie (Sr.)
Top newcomers: QB Bakari Smith (Sr.); WR Marquise Evans (Sr.); DB Montrell Russum (Sr.); LB Aaron Kesi (Jr.)
Key losses: RB Chris Edwards; WR/K James Grigsby
Outlook: The Mustangs are coming off a winless season, and lost their only two All-Northwest League picks to graduation.
The offense sputtered last season, as Shadow Ridge never scored more than 16 points in a game and was held to single digits five times.
But things should be better with the return of Henderson, who passed for 876 yards and five TDs, and ran for 223 yards as a sophomore. He’ll team with Cheyenne transfer Smith to lead the offense.
On defense, Tousa expects linebackers Mokiao and Andrew Kessi to lead the way after combining for 52 tackles.