Junior Jake Hendershot, who has started since his freshman year, returns at quarterback. Hendershot had 2,463 total yards and 30 TDs in a sophomore campaign that saw him earn junior all-state, all-conference and all-county honors.
“His knowledge of the game has increased, his leadership has increased and he has physically improved,” Coll said. “So the challenge for Jake this season will be our need for him to make those around him better … (and) based on the summer and preseason, I believe he is doing that.”
Other returning starters at the skill positions are sophomore running backs Colton Jobe and Wes Cook, and wideout Ryan Riehle.
Leading the offensive line are two senior returnees at tackle – second team all-conference and third-year starter Andrew Saunders, and JT Williams.
Key newcomers on offense include wideouts Jerriontai Ragsdale, Casey Coll and Peyton Hendershot; and linemen Theo Parker, Peyton Simons, Luke Hatton and Austin Staton.
Seven starters are back on a defense that Coll anticipates seeing in full action.
“We are excited about our defense,” Coll said. “We feel like we have some guys that stepped up this offseason with leadership and work ethic.”
Returnees include three at linebacker, with leading tackler, sacker and interceptor Rick Perry outside, and fellow seniors Ross Cooper and Andrew Pullum inside. Also back are senior Bryce Hill and Drake Stahl at defensive end, senior Carlos Branson at tackle and senior Kyle Cook at cornerback.
New defensive contributors will include linebackers Johnny Broshears, Zach Parks, Keith Poland and Marcus Anderson; DBs Kyle Rose, Aaron Rose and Reed Watson; and lineman Michael Roberts.
While punter was undecided as of press time, Thomas Tintera returns at placekicker.
With Chatard now out of Tri-West’s sectional, the Bruins have a good shot at bringing home the program’s first title since 2005. Still, Coll said that wouldn’t enter their minds until after the regular season.