Coach: Greg Jachym, first season
2018 Record: 5-7, 5-1 in So. Meck 7
Returning Starters: Offense, 7; Defense, 5
Inside the Huddle
After having just two coaches for the first nine seasons, the Knights are now on their fourth coach of the past six seasons. However, new coach Greg Jachym has been one of the constants, having been on staff as an assistant throughout.
He takes over a team that started 0-5 yet rallied to tie for the conference championship with a 5-7 season.
Quarterback Jared Joseph took over midway through the year, helping to lead the resurgence.
He’ll have North Carolina commit Cedric Gray (55 catches, 891 yards and 10 touchdowns) and high-volume catcher Michael Hetzel (57 grabs, 840 yards and six scores) to throw to.
Last year, the run game averaged an anemic 3.6 yards per carry and gained just over 1,000 yards total. Henry Bowen will get the first chance to change the fortunes, but it will help greatly that he’s behind this much improved offensive line, which features Adam Szabo and Cade McCoy.
Last season’s leading tacklers on defense were Stephen Bauer and Kaci Seegars. Both are back at linebacker along with Gray, so that group should be all over the field.
Josiah Anderson and Daniel Johnson lead the Knights group up front, while the secondary will again be above average with Isaih Maxey and Jamier Moton patrolling.
If the Knights can move the ball on the ground effectively, they appear to be in line for their first winning season since 2015. A less stringent schedule could help, but Jachym’s consistency may be the key.
QB: Jared Joseph; RB: Henry Bowen/Kaci Seegars; WR: Cedric Gray; WR: Michael Hetzel; WR: Josh Johnson; TE: Will Auker; OL: Cade McCoy; OL: Adam Szabo; OL: Nick Actis; OL: Keller Grossman; and OL: Graham Goldberg/Justin Buturff.
DE: Josiah Augustin; DE: Matia Dietrich; DT: Justhyn Angulo; DT: Daniel Johnson; LB: Steven Bauer; LB: Cedric Gray; LB: Kaci Seegars/Zach Howard; CB: Jaxen Anciso; CB: Jamier Moten; S: Isaiah Maxey; and S: Michael Koepke/Josh Johnson.
K: Jackson Price; P: Jackson Price; P Ret: Cedric Gray and K Ret: Cedric Gray.
Thad Jankord (QB); Jack Curtis (QB), Will Auker (WR); Quentin McCall (WR); Drew Desantis (WR); and Brooks Stankavage (WR/DB).