Coach: Drew Witman, fifth season (21-25)
2018 Record: 8-5, 0-3 in CISAA
Returning Starters: Offense, 7; Defense, 9
Inside the Huddle
The defending NCISAA Division II champs come back locked and loaded with many holdovers from the group that won the Bucs’ first state title since 2010.
Quarterback Russell Tabor threw for nine touchdowns last year while splitting time, but now he’s the man and in line to put up some big numbers.
Star running back Quentin Cooper (1,304 rushing yards, 12 touchdowns and a 7.8 yards per rush average) will benefit from a stout offensive line that features Jack Stajos and Julian Swann along with returning starter John Archer.
The Bucs lost their top two receivers ahead of Cooper, but are high on Cameron Ray, Stephen Payne, Andrew Wilkes and Sam Gilbert despite only Ray having much experience.
Like on the offensive line, Stajos, Wilkes and Swann form perhaps the conference’s best front four.
Behind them are linebackers Shields, Hunter Engel and Daniel Bock.
The secondary is good with Ray and Payne starring at the corners.
Kicker Edward Dellinger made 31-35 points after, connected on six field goals and punted 38 times last season, so he’s another weapon on special teams.
The Bucs are still among a handful of teams likely vying for the Division II title and they have the horses to get there along both lines and at quarterback and running back. If the receivers make a steady transition and Tabor improves his accuracy a little, this offense can be explosive. Likewise, the defense should be solid and Dellinger gives them a huge advantage in tight games.
QB: Russell Tabor; RB: Quentin Cooper; WR: Sam Gilbert/Jordan Erwin; WR: Stephen Payne/Bo Shaw; Slot WR: Cameron Ray/Thomas Shields; FB/TE: Andrew Wilkes/Sam Hedrick; LT: Jack Stajos; LG: Julian Swann; C: Eddie Cassels; RG: Jonathan Hicks/Gray Bowles; and RT: John Archer.
DE: Sam Hedrick/Gray Bowles; DE: Andrew Wilkes/Spencer Murmans; DT: Juliann Swann; DT: Jack Stajos; LB: Hunter Engel; LB: Thomas Shields; LB: Daniel Bock; CB: Cameron Ray; CB: Stephen Payne/Reid Simmons; S: Sam Gilbert; and S: Bo Shaw/Billy Bossong.
K: Edward Dellinger; P: Edward Dellinger; P Ret: Stephen Payne; and K Ret: Quentin Cooper.