Coach: Rick Ramos (2nd year, 1-9).
Last league title: Never.
Last playoff berth: 2005.
Home field: Rich Leenhouts Stadium.
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Projected starters (returners in bold)
OFFENSE POS YR HT WT
Derek Swearingen QB Sr. 6-0 220
Jose Castellano RB Sr. 5-8 145
Martin Sanchez FB Sr. 6-1 215
Chet Bardwell TE Sr. 5-9 189
Justin Murbach RT Sr. 6-1 205
Zach Schloss RG Jr. 5-8 205
Edgar Degadillo C Sr. 5-10 175
Jose Arreola LG Jr. 5-10 225
Erik Castillo LT Sr. 5-10 230
A.J. Valenzuela WR Sr. 5-9 160
Herman Herrera WR Jr. 6-2 180
Martin Sanchez K Jr. 6-1 215
DEFENSE POS YR HT WT
Martin Sanchez DE Sr. 6-1 215
Edgar Degadillo DE Sr. 5-10 175
Jose Arreola DT Jr. 5-10 225
Zach Schloss DT Jr. 5-8 205
A.J. Valenzuela OLB Sr. 5-9 160
Erik Castillo MLB Sr. 5-10 230
Chet Bardwell OLB Sr. 5-9 189
Herman Herrera CB Jr. 6-2 180
Jose Castellano CB Sr. 5-8 145
Angel Abarca SS Jr. 5-8 145
Joey Saenz S Sr. 5-9 150
Martin Sanchez P Jr. 6-1 215
The two offensive guards, Schloss and Arreola, are two of the hardest-working players on the team. Ramos calls Schloss "a little workhorse" and said that Arreola was in the weight room all summer long.
* Ramos was counting on some soccer players trying out for the kicking position. When none came, he settled on Sanchez, who serves as the team's fullback and defensive end.
"The guy we had last year decided not to turn out," Ramos said. "Everybody was saying Martin can kick. Sure enough, before long he was sending kickoffs down to the 5."
He's also been kicking 30-to-35-yard field goals in practice.
* LB Valenzuela led the team last season with close to 90 tackles.
* Ramos nicknamed RB Castellano "Greasy" because of his penchant for breaking tackles. At 5-8, 145 pounds, he resembles former Oregon State star Jacquizz Rodgers, whom defenders would have a difficult time picking up before he hit the line of scrimmage.
Coach Ramos was encouraged by the team's play during summer 7-on-7 drills, and he should be with QB Swearingen and WR Herrera returning. The duo should be one of the top tandems in the CWAC this season after two seasons working in the Greyhounds' system.
"If we can keep our quarterback healthy, we can utilize our speed," Ramos said. "We want to give Derek some time to throw to Herman."
It's every coach's hope that a bevy of young talent comes along to boost the program, but Ramos said that didn't happen this year.
"I'm trying to get some younger guys out, but the numbers aren't showing," he said. "We have to be the best team out there as far as being in shape.
"Our ones (first-teamers) are pretty strong, but our twos are a questionmark right now. They might not be capable of keeping up the same level of play."