Coach: Kyle Brey, second season (3-9)
2017 Record: 3-9, 3-3 in So. Meck 7
Returning Starters: Offense, 4; Defense, 6
The Knights lost their first seven games of 2017, but came on strong under their first-year coach, who was the school’s third in the previous four seasons. Expect their late-season surge to continue with coach Brey more settled in.
The Knights must replace two-year starter Luke Hefferly, who threw for nearly 4,000 yards and 40 touchdowns during his career.
They feel good with Jared Joseph and Matt Bennett, who both saw limited action a season ago.
Bennett will start to open the season and has a strong arm, while Joseph is more of an athlete who will start at safety, can run the ball and play on special teams.
Jaden Anciso will start at running back, but he will share carries with sophomore JV callup Casey Seagers.
Cedric Gray is a next-level talent and a dynamic receiver. Joseph and Gabe Jeudy will catch passes and spend some time in the backfield. Also look out for Michael Hetzel, who has reliable hands and is very good in space.
Up front, 6-foot-5, 265-pound left tackle Luca Dellosa will anchor the line.
Jeudy had over 25 scholarship offers and is a dynamic safety who does not shy away from contact. The Rice commit will start on the strong side with Joseph at the other safety spot.
Gray is going to help at safety and linebacker, where he’ll join Anciso and Seagers, who will rotate in at times.
The Knights are thin up front, but nose tackle Jace Canafax will get to move around some on the line. Steven Bauer started toward the end of last season as a freshman. He is someone to watch out for.
The Knights kicking and punting duties are still being hashed out, but expect their biggest playmakers like Jeudy, Gray and Joseph to handle the kickoffs and punt return duties.