Inside the Brickies
Last season: 3-8
Returning starters: 14 (7 offense, 7 defense)
Returning offensive leader
Anthony Burgos- WR/DB. 34 receptions for 686 yards, 7 TDs.
Returning defensive leader
Anthony Peek, Sr., TE/DL. 63 Tackles, 2.5 sacks, 10.5 TFL.
Anthony Burgos, Sr., WR/LB. The team MVP last year had just under 1,000 all-purpose yards. A good athlete with a great motor. "He's a competitor," Turley said. "He's hard to take off the field He's a difference maker."
He's got next
Gerald Valenzuela, Sr., OL/DL. The Brickies lost two centers against Griffith last year and this man-child put his hand on the ball. It hasn't been taken off since. Great strength and skill has several colleges looking on. Valenzuela was rated one of the top lineman at the Michigan camp this summer.
The Times' breakdown
For a squad that won just three games last fall, there is a ton of optimism in this camp. Much experience returns and Ian Drobac is at the head of the class. The running back/linebacker is as tough as there is. The four-year starter is looking for a breakout season. "Ian is a big part of everything we do," Turley said. "I know he's going to be fun to watch this season." A bigger-than-average offensive line will open holes for Drobac and block for quarterback Andrew Barras, who played six games as a sophomore. "This year he knows he's the guy," Turley said. "Last year was my first year here and it took some time to get things going. We got better as the season went on and we have a lot of kids returning. We're excited."
— Steve Hanlon