August 31, 2007

Q&A with coach Adrian Custer

Q: How would you describe the state of your program?

A: "We're still building a consistent group of athletes. We have numbers this year on the varsity squad and want to continue to produce good football players."

How would you sum up the 2006 season?

A: "It was a season that these seniors can learn from. We have a lot of returning players who have played a lot of varsity minutes and we will build on that."

Q: Who are the top returning skill position players?

A: "Fullback Kyle Cunningham. He will be carrying the load on offense. We also have Kyle McDannell returning in the backfield. Both of these young men will be asked to run and catch the ball and put points on the board."


Who are the top returning players at these positions?

Offensive line:

A: "Randy Hart has been anchoring our line the past two years. He will be a big body in the middle for us and we hope to run behind him. Zach Jones will be right alongside Randy."

Defensive Line:

A: "We have senior Mike Cook returning at nose guard. He will be a force in the MVAL and we look for him to stop the run up the middle and look to feed off his intensity."


A: "Cunningham returns to nail down the middle linebacker position. He will be a big hitter and make plays from sideline to sideline. We also have Drew Williams returning."


A: "McDannell will be at cornerback. He will be on the best receiver and has the ability to become great at that position."

Q: Who is the one departed player who will be most difficult to replace?

A: "Lake McDonald at center. He was a 4-year player that was a consistent force for us."

Q: Who are the "unknown" or new players who could make an impact in 2007?

A: "Running back Mike Russ. He played one varsity game last year against Clear Spring and we hope to improve on those results. He has the potential to put up big numbers. Also at wide receiver, Cortez Boyce will give us a deep threat with speed. We look forward to developing both of these young men."

Q: What is the biggest challenge your team will face this season?

A: "Our biggest challenge will be for these young men to grow up and become leaders. We have over 20 seniors that have been through the varsity season and we hope they have learned what it takes to become great on and off the field."

Q: What things must this team do to improve over the 2006 season?

A: "Our team must run the ball more effectively this season. We will also have to put points on the scoreboard in the air. As a defense, we will have to tackle and continue to have all 11 pursue to the ball. Overall, we are looking forward to this season. We have a great group of young men that have worked hard since the end of last season. We hope to continue to move this program forward."

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