Coach: Andy Ostolaza, sixth season (29-20)
2011 record: 3-6 (2-4 Southeast League)
Returning letterwinners: 12
Returning starters: Two offense, three defense
Base offensive set: I Pro
Base defensive set: 4-3
Top offensive players: G Nick Guzman (Jr.); T Zack Frank (Sr.)
Top defensive players: LB Alejandro Colon (Sr.); LB Alex Cater (Sr.); DB Abdurahim Cravin (Sr.)
Top newcomers: QB Marquise Edward (Sr.)
Key losses: DE Coty Iwata; RB Isiah Thurmon; QB Savon Moniz
Outlook: The Skyhawks missed the playoffs last season, but were a couple of breaks away from having a completely different year.
The team’s first four losses came by a total of 19 points, and the team’s defense was fairly strong as the Skyhawks allowed 30 points in a game just once.
But Ostolaza now must replace his quarterback, running back and top tackler from a year ago, and two other key players transferred to Liberty.
The 275-pound Guzman and the 285-pound Frank give the Skyhawks plenty of size up front. But with so little experience at the skill positions, the defense probably will have to be strong again for the team to make the postseason.