WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Here is a preview of the 2012 DeSales Irish high school football team:
Head coach Mike Spiess has been at DeSales since 1986, working in one form or another on the football staff.
* The Irish has nine seniors, and lots of returners at skill positions. But with only two linemen back, Spiess does have some concern.
* With only two juniors out for the team, the Irish could be facing a big dropoff next season. If they are going to make another run at the playoffs, it likely will need to be this season.
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* Jeremiah Cox could be poised to have a big year and will likely be the best quarterback in the league with Zach Bartlow graduated from Waitsburg-Prescott.
Coach: Mike Spiess (1st year).
Last league title: 2009. Last playoff berth: 2011.
Home field: Ty Baffney Memorial Field, Walla Walla.
Projected starters (returners in bold)
OFFENSE POS YR HT WT
Jeremiah Cox QB sr. 5-10 170
Luke Fazzari RB sr. 5-10 170
Kyler Pommerening WR sr. 5-8 135
Ryan Baumgart WR sr. 5-11 165
Joe Duehn WR sr. 5-6 140
Andrew Elmenhurst TE so. 6-3 195
Tim Caudill OL sr. 6-2 195
Matt Jubb OL jr. 6-1 210
Cody Josifek OL sr. 5-11 190
Braden Kimball OL jr. 5-9 160
Bill Ferrera OL fr. 5-7 175
DEFENSE POS YR HT WT
Tim Caudill DL sr. 6-2 195
Matt Jubb DL jr. 6-1 210
Cody Josifek DL sr. 5-11 190
Connor Richard DL so. 6-4 205
Andrew Elmenhurst LB so. 6-3 195
Luke Fazzari LB sr. 5-10 170
Braden Kimball LB jr. 5-9 160
Ryan Baumgart DB sr. 5-11 165
Joe Duehn DB sr. 5-6 140
Kyler Pommerening DB sr. 5-8 135
Jeremiah Cox DB sr. 5-10 170