Coach: Bill Bryce (5th year)
Last year: 3-7
Key returnees: Jon Sprowson, Sr., C/DE; Kyle Clairmont, Jr., OL/DE; Nate Vansteemburg, Jr., OL/LB; Brandon Koprowski, Sr., RB/DB; Matt Scanlon, Jr., OL/DT; Kareen Beckett, Jr., QB/DB; Kirby Bryce, Jr., RB/DB.
The Blue Devils just can't seem to find a complete team that grows up together. Last year, the skill positions had experienced players, but the offensive and defensive lines were young. Jose Melendez managed a 1,000-yard campaign anyway.
This year, the situation has swung 180 degrees. The line has the experience, while the skill guys are all new to their positions. It stands to reason the lines will be the team's strength, and it should be with four key returnees on the offensive line - Sprowson, Clairmont, VanSteemburg and Scanlon. Melendez made the most of what he had to work with last year and still crossed the century mark. If the line has learned from last season, the holes will be where they should be, which will make life for Beckett and Bryce much, much easier. Both Beckett and Bryce have the potential to be punishing backs simply based on size. Beckett is listed at 5-foot-11, while Bryce is 6-1.
The line will need to create the holes and the backs will need to find them if the Blue Devils are to stop being shutout. They were held off the scoreboard in half (5 of 10) of their games last season. The offense will need to operate consistently, for that to not happen again.
On the defensive side, most of the offensive linemen will turn around and play in the trenches. Vansteemburg will stand up and be a linebacker.