The Golden Bears come into the 2011 season with 15 seniors. We will return eight starters on offense and 7 on defense. Also returning is our place kicker Clint Dolan.
Our offense features two three-year starters in fullback Harrison Andros and guard Evan Thomas. The following players return as second year starters: end Howard Joe, quarterback John Galloway, tackles Daniel Forrestal and Jack Thomson, running back Jason Grimes and end Andy Nichols. Each of these players will be counted on for leadership.
Defensively, we return multiple two-year starters — Lee Davis, Nichols, Joe, Jason Grimes, Charlie Robertson, Charlie Rousseau and Justin Fashaw.
Our coaches are excited about this group of players. Most have been working since our loss to Wilkinson Co. in the playoffs to get ready for the 2011 season. We have had great leadership from our seniors and expect that to continue throughout the season. Although we have prepared diligently, I believe our first four games will tell a lot about this team. I believe for us to be successful, we have got to hit the ground running and improve each week.