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2015 Legacy Football Capsule

LEGACY

League: Division I Southwest

Head coach: John Isola, second season (3-7)

2014 record: 3-7 (2-2 Southwest, third)

Returning lettermen: 17

Returning starters: Seven offense, six defense

Base offensive set: Pro

Base defensive set: 4-3

Top offensive players: QB Tanoa Alapati (Sr.); RB Justin Whitehead (Sr.); LT Caden Sink (Sr.); C Noah Jefferson (Jr.); RG Kevin Mendiola (Sr.); LT Michael Brooks (Sr.); WR A.J. Culpepper (Jr.); WR Jamal Britt (Jr.); FB/TE Jalen Alapati (Jr.); WR Tracy Porter (Sr.)

Top defensive players: SS A.J. Sotelo (Sr.); DE Derriyon Shaw (Sr.); DB Marcellus McCoy (Jr.); MLB Jalen Alapati (Jr.); OLB Tracy Porter (Sr.); NG Noah Jefferson (Jr.); DE Naim Geeslin (Sr.)

Outlook: Things didn’t always go smoothly for the Longhorns in Isola’s first season, as the squad endured a pair of three-game losing streaks.

The offense, in particular, had its struggles. The Longhorns were held to 14 points or fewer seven times.

Legacy must also replaced its top offensive weapon, DeMichael Walker, who rushed for 1,181 yards and eight TDs as a senior.

Tanoa Alapati’s back for his second season at quarterback, but he must show more consistency for the Longhorns to move the ball. He completed 46.8 percent of his passes for 974 yards and eight TDs, but was intercepted 18 times.

The team does have some experience and size up front, where Mendiola (5-11, 260) was a second-team All-Southwest League pick at guard. Sink (6-5, 285) provides plenty of size at tackle.

On defense, Sotelo was a second-team all-league pick at outside linebacker after recording 49 tackles and three sacks.

And the defense should get a big boost from Shaw (6-4, 225), who transferred from Lanier High in Sugar Hill, Ga., where he had 11 sacks and 61 tackles last season.

He could end up being one of the area’s top recruits, and already holds scholarship offers from several schools, including North Carolina, Arizona State and Boise State.

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