Inside the Warriors
Last season: 1-10
Returning starters: 18 (9 offense, 9 defense)
Returning offensive leader
Noah Fowler, Sr., RB, 86 carries, 485 yards
Returning defensive leader
Noah Fowler, Sr., DE, 92 solos, 52 assists
Noah Fowler, Sr., RB/DE: "Been in the program four years. Good family stock," coach Ivan Zimmer said. "He's a wrestler and I got him to come out for track to get a little quicker. He's interested in going to Ball State for football."
He's got next
Miguel Rodriguez, Jr., WR/DB: "He's got pretty good hands and runs quick routes," Zimmer said. "He doesn't have any fear."
The Times' breakdown
Calumet is 5-26 over the last three seasons and hasn't won a sectional game since 2007 but Zimmer remains optimistic with nine returning starters each way. An abundance of youth is no longer an excuse as in past seasons. "It's probably the most experienced we've had since 2007," Zimmer said. "This is not the same team from last year -- but the same kids. They're stronger, quicker and bigger." Leading the way will be two-way standout Fowler, who must stay healthy. Defense becomes a top priority after allowing 28 points or more in 10 games last fall. Fowler (144 tackles), DB Kyle Hubbard (4 INT) and DB Joshua Kielminski (65 tackles) are needed to plug up the leaks. "I truly believe they realize if they work hard, this season can be something special," Zimmer said.
-- Al Hamnik