Coach: Benji Sonnichsen (4th year, 28-7).
Last league title: 2011.
Last playoff berth: 2011.
Home field: Art Fiker Stadium.
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Projected starters (returners in bold)
OFFENSE POS YR HT WT
Ryan Fassler QB Sr. 5-11 170
Bubba Frank RB Sr. 5-11 201
Danny Raap WR Sr. 6-2 190
Sterling Clark WR Sr. 6-1 175
Harley Hall WR Sr. 6-0 172
Mason Schutt WR Jr. 6-5 186
Alex Howe OT Sr. 6-0 201
Robert Lemos OG Sr. 6-0 225
Colton Alefteras C So. 5-11 219
Tyler Renollet OG Sr. 6-1 288
Caleb Aaberg OT Sr. 6-0 168
Trino Flores K Jr. 5-11 166
DEFENSE POS YR HT WT
Caleb Aaberg DE Sr. 6-0 168
Kyle Steinbeck DE Jr. 5-10 144
Tyler Renollet DT Sr. 6-1 288
Robert Lemos DT Sr. 6-0 225
Elijah Hoefer OLB Jr. 6-1 185
Bubba Frank MLB Sr. 5-11 201
Ethan Hibbs OLB Jr. 6-0 150
Danny Raap FS Sr. 6-2 190
Zach Durbin SS Sr. 6-0 170
Sterling Clark CB Sr. 6-1 175
Trino Flores CB Jr. 5-11 166
Bubba Frank P Sr. 5-11 201
OL/DL Renollet, QB Fassler and WR Raap are getting attention from colleges. Sonnichsen said Simon Fraser is courting Renollet, and Fassler could be playing for Eastern Washington if that's where he decides to go.
Raap, whose older sister Claire played basketball at Gonzaga, could be headed for the University of San Diego.
"It's neat for kids. It helps with their leadership," Sonnichsen said of the recruiting process.
* OL/DE Aaberg isn't just a smart player. He's also a 4.0 student and probably will be the Mustangs' valedictorian in the spring.
"This offensive line group is really fun," Sonnichsen said. "They're real eager to learn."
* Sonnichsen said there's a special chemistry among these players, most of whom grew up together and played sports together.
Fassler's father, Doug, often served as the host for many a neighborhood barbecue while he watched the kids bond. Could he ever have imagined things would turn out like this?
"Danny Raap said it best when he said, 'This team just kind of clicks,' " Sonnichsen said. "I'd have to agree with that."
* The team went to the Boise State football camp over the summer, playing schools from Idaho, California and Oregon, as well as from Washington.
Raap and Fassler return as one of the top throwing/receiving tandems in the state. Fassler led the CWAC in passing with
2,058 yards, completing 142 of 202 passes for 22 TDs and a completion percentage of 70.3 percent.
Raap led the CWAC in yards per catch (17.6) and receiving TDs (11).
Watch for RB Frank to put up big numbers on the ground to balance out the Mustangs' strong passing game.