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Scouting the 2013 Washington Patriots Football Team

2013-08-23T19:00:00Z 2014-07-28T21:48:05Z Scouting the 2013 Washington Patriots Football Team nwitimes.com
August 23, 2013 7:00 pm

Washington Patriots

2012 record: 3-5 (2-4 Chicago Public League Windy City), did not qualify for the playoffs

Head coach: Jimmy Smith, 13-22 at Washington and overall

Assistant Coaches: Bill Miller, Ruben Cruz, Richard Carey, Anthony Gomez

Returning starters: 13 (8 on offense; 5 on defense)

Top Offensive Players: Aaron Cruz, 6-0, Sr., QB (1,800 yards passing, 12 TDs); Dariel Whitehead, 5-9, Jr., WR (1,068 receiving yards, 9 TDs); Tory Fenderson, 5-8, Sr., RB (524 yards rushing, 214 yards receiving, 6 TDs total); Malachi Foney, 6-4, Sr., TE/WR; Oscar Moreno, 5-6, Sr., C.

Top Defensive Players: Alvaro Villareal, 6-0, Sr., MLB; Henry Smith, 5-8, Sr., SS; James Chance, 5-11, Sr., LB; Antwon Lamon, 5-9, Sr., FS.

The Times Breakdown: The Patriots should not have a hard time putting up points, but may have trouble stopping teams. Cruz could pass for more than 2,000 yards, and with receivers like Whitehead, Fenderson and Foney, Washington could light up the scoreboard. Moreno is the anchor on an inexperienced offensive line. Defensively, the three receivers may have to play in the secondary. Chance and Villareal are the defensive anchors, but Washington needs a tough front four. If the Patriots finish first or second in their conference, they would qualify for the playoffs, something that hasn't been done since 1991.

Quote: "The offense is back but we need to be more balanced in the run game. We lost a lot of experience on the defense, but we have guys who got playing time last season and they should be ready to step up." — Smith

— Compiled by Mike Nieto

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