Coach: Rocky White, seventh season (54-75)
2017 Record: 2-10, 2-4 in So. Meck 7
Returning Starters: Offense, 8 ; Defense, 9
The Sabres took their lumps last season, but those young kids who got whipped around a little are a year older, a year better and ripe with invaluable experience. This team will be much improved this season.
Quarterback Austin Grier threw for 1,800 yards and 11 scores as a freshman and will lead this offense.
Track star Jabari Dalton was just under 1,000 yards last season, but he is lightning quick, explosive and a good receiver.
Tigo Moss caught two TDs in the first game and missed the rest of the year. He’s back with Cam Yauger, Zay’Veon Williams-Jones, Justice Brannon and Anthony Hailey at receiver.
Left tackle Jason Ivey is a 6-foot-5, 277-pound mauler at left tackle. Mac Neely can play anywhere and is a three-year starter joining key returner Jimmy Simpson. Parker Green, Connor Stephens and Jackson Mitchem fill out the rotation up front.
Simpson starts both ways, also starring at D-tackle along with David Brown. Kashaun Morgan-Keys and Josh Bass provide depth.
Damipi Lamboni and AJ Hurst start at the ends with Conor Lawler and Tucker Connette also getting time.
Jalen Leonidas plays like a quarterback at middle linebacker. Ardrey Kell transfer Will Sutton has impressed and will get a spot outside, although there is a big competition at the other outside linebacker position.
In the secondary, all-conference corner Isaiah Sharper joins Jevo’n Dixon as starters. Quan Weber is the nickel. Sebastian Valverde, Adrij’an Tribble and Bryce Jordan are the safeties.
The Sabres are looking for a kicker, but know Moss will handle the punting. Dalton, Dixon and Yauger will field kickoffs and Williams-Jones the punt returns.