Coach: Tony Reiboldt (3rd year, 11-10).
Last league title: 2008.
Last playoff berth: 2011.
Home field: Lampson Stadium.
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Projected starters (returners in bold)
Others to watch: RB Andrew Collins, Sr. (5-8, 175); RB Candanoza; LB Tanner Gottschalk, Jr. (5-11, 180); RB-LB Chewy Espinoza, Jr. (6-0, 175); DE Anthony Cady, Sr. (6-6, 335).
- After missing all or parts of the last three seasons with injuries, Lathim is in place at QB and looks to carry on the tradition of talented passers. He'll have a solid group of receivers, led by Gonzales and Kelly.
- Diaz heads a deep pool of talent at running back and is a "weight-room beast," Reiboldt said. "We've had quick whistles at camps and practices. I can't wait to see him go live."
- O-line, a problem last season, should be improved. Aside from returning starters Tutt and Samples, McCartney has shown a lot so far.
- Four returners on defense plus some promising talent mean the Suns should be improved on this side of the ball. Del-Angel, a state placer in wrestling who broke his leg last season, looks primed for a big season. Reiboldt said Henderson's football IQ is off the charts.
Stopping the run has been the biggest issue for the Suns over the last couple of seasons, which is critical with half their schedule against run-first teams. If the defense isn't tough up the middle, the offense will be left playing catch-up all year.
"We're going to be 100 percent more aggressive on defense this year," Reiboldt said.
If so, then a nice mix of run and pass could spell a return to state for the Suns.