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2011 preview: Connell Eagles

Here is the preview of the Connell Eagles for the 2011 SCAC football season:

Coach: Wayne Riner (11th year, 109-26).

Last league title: 2010.

Last playoff berth: 2010.

Home field: Dennis Esser Field.

Projected starters

OFFENSE POS YR HT WT

Chandler Salisbury QB Sr. 5-9 180

Matt Hadley RB Sr. 5-11 210

Tyson Brook WR Sr. 6-1 240

Kade Eppich WR Sr. 6-3 175

Austin Huber WR Sr. 5-9 160

Ryan Heinen TE Sr. 5-10 185

Stefan Davidson C Jr. 5-11 185

John Mendez G Sr. 5-11 205

Gregory Heinen G So. 6-0 200

Kennan VanHollebeke T Sr. 6-4 235

Cole Vanderbilt T Sr. 6-4 280

Alfredo Rodriguez K So. 5-10 160

DEFENSE POS YR HT WT

Kelton Syrie DE So. 6-3 195

Cole Vanderbilt DT Sr. 6-4 280

Tyson Brook NG Sr. 6-1 240

Kennan VanHollebeke DE Sr. 6-4 235

Chandler Salisbury LB Sr. 5-9 180

Ryan Heinen LB Sr. 5-10 185

Stefan Davidson LB Jr. 5-11 185

Skye Perkins CB Sr. 5-10 185

Austin Huber CB Sr. 5-9 160

Matt Hadley SS Sr. 5-11 205

Kade Eppich FS Sr. 6-3 175

Eric Williams P Jr. 5-10 180

Quick hits

* The Eagles didn't lose much off of last season's state runner-up team, returning plenty of talent on both sides of the ball.

* Salisbury (linebacker), VanHollebeke (offensive line) and Hadley (running back/safety) are all three-year starters and will be leaned on heavily this season.

* Brook is moving from the offensive line to a wide receiver/tight end position, where he can put his diverse skill set to better use.

* VanHollebeke is switching from defensive tackle to defensive end this season.

* Kade Eppich draws the duty of replacing older brother Kraymer and Bryant Andersen as the go-to option on the outside.

Outlook

The Eagles are once again locked and loaded and heavy favorites to not only win the league again, but also make a run at the state title.

With Hadley in the backfield and returning starters on both sides of the ball, it certainly is possible.

One area of concern for Connell is special teams, which has been a tremendous asset the past decade, but is young and inexperienced this season.

The Eagles also don't have a ton of depth, and will need to be blessed with health to get back to the promised land.

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