Coach: Duran McLaurin
2017 record: 9-4
Top returners: Kyler Davis, 6-1, 210, Sr., QB; Cameron Townsend, 5-6, 155, Sr., WR; Kore Prentice-Coles, 5-10, 180, Jr., RB; Benjamin Willis, 6-3, 260, Sr., OL; Stephon Johnson, 6-4, 185, Sr., WR; Jalen Ogle, 6-0, 240, Sr., DL; Thomas Washington, 6-2, 280, Sr., DL; Jamiese Alston, 5-10, 155, Sr., DB; Devante Wedlock, 5-9, 215, Sr., LB/RB; Javen Washington, 5-11, 190, Sr., LB.
Top newcomers: Jahiah McNeill, 5-11, 230, Sr., LB.; Campari Williams, 6-2, 220, Sr., WR; Jermaine Johnson, 5-8, 145, Jr., WR; Jashawn Owens, 5-11, 230, So., DL/TE; Raymond Grate, 5-7, 137, Sr., K/WR; Aaron Graham, 5-9, 215, Jr., DL.
Team strengths: “Team will be extremely talented at the skill positions with a four-year starter at quarterback. On defense, the team should be extremely solid with experience and great talent in the secondary.”
Team concerns: “Team will be somewhat young on the offensive line, having to replace a couple of all-conference performers. Team will also have to replace the school’s all-time leading receiver. Defense is replacing two leading tacklers from last year, both from the linebacker position.”
Coach’s comment: “We want to contend for a conference championship in the Sandhills and go as far as we can in the playoffs. The expectation is we want to contend for a conference championship every year. This year is no different.’’
Photo: Coach Duran McLaurin, Top returner Kyler Davis