Coach: Rick Thew (2nd year, 4-5).
Last league title: 1986. Last playoff berth: 2010.
Home field: Veterans Memorial Field/Charlie Berry Stadium.
Projected starters (returners in bold)
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OFFENSE POS YR HT WT
Dalton Hughes QB Jr. 5-11 150
Jacob Easton FB Sr. 5-9 175
David Lara TB Sr. 5-5 140
Treve Moffit TE Sr. 6-0 150
Connor Bettencourt TE Sr. 5-11 148
Dylan Enright G Sr. 6-0 165
T.J. Kestler G Jr. 6-1 183
Jacob Murstig C Jr. 5-10 170
Brian Gutierrez K Sr. 5-7 140
DEFENSE POS YR HT WT
Treve Moffit DE Sr. 6-0 150
T.J. Kestler DE Jr. 6-1 183
Brian Bither NG Sr. 6-0 360
David Lara ILB Sr. 5-5 140
Jacob Easton ILB Sr. 5-9 175
Connor Bettencourt S Sr. 5-11 148
Devin Sather CB Jr. 5-10 160
Ulisses Barrera CB Jr. 5-7 151
Connor Bettencourt P Sr. 5-11 148
Others to watch: TE/S Ryan Denning, Jr. (5-9, 138); G/LB Hayden Sather, Fr. (5-6, 146); TE/S Dakota Allen, Fr. (5-5, 130); TE/DE Taylor Bara, Jr. (5-6, 130); QB/S Brock Moffit, Fr. (5-5, 125); G/DT Haydn Collyer, Sr. (6-3, 192); G/LB Joe Sallee, Sr. (5-6, 150).
* After losing all-conference QB CJ Flores to Hermiston, the Cougars have tapped Hughes as their signal caller.
* The numbers in terms of returning starters have shifted in the Cougars' favor. Last year, Echo brought back two offensive starters (Flores and Bettencourt) and one defensive starter (Easton).
* Bither is the only player weighing more than 200 pounds. Thew is confident speed will help the Cougars overcome their lack of size.
After making the eight-man state playoffs in four of the previous five seasons, Echo went .500 in league last year. But with a large group of upperclassmen, as well as a veteran defense led by Easton and Lara, the Cougars might be able to consider 2011 a hiccup.