1. The skill positions. Senior A.J. Augustine returns for his third year under center. Last season the strong-armed quarterback came within 150 yards of the school's single-season passing record. Senior Noah Silverberg moves to running back from fullback and teams with first-year player Matt Cappenerhurst and freshman Reshaun Jenkins. The skilled receivers are led by multi-talented junior Josh Burch.
2. The ever-expanding roster. Miller has about 35 players to work with. "We're usually around 25," he said. The majority of the roster has been in the program for a couple of years. "We had a meeting and coach said 'all the new players raise your hand,' " Silverberg said. "About three or four people raised their hand. Last year, it was half of our starting football team."
|2007 results (3-7)|
|at Fort Meade||0-60|
|Indian Rocks Christian||0-47|
|at Calvary Christian||0-55|
Coach: Chris Miller (fourth season, 12-17) | Last season: 3-7 | Class: A, District 5 | Colors: Gold and navy
Inexperience plagued Admiral Farragut last season in losing its last seven games, the final three by shutout. But while the Blue Jackets struggled, a number of first-year starters — and even some guys who had never played football before — received valuable minutes. That has fourth-year coach Chris Miller optimistic his squad should be much improved.
1. Will an inexperienced line hamper the offense? The offensive line features a number of first-year starters, but Miller feels confident about its development. "We're used to being very small," he said. "I think our biggest guy the last few years was maybe 200 pounds. We've got three guys on the line over 230, so that's something we're encouraged about." At 295 pounds, sophomore left tackle Cory Van Arnum is the largest among the group.
2. Can Farragut overcome depth concerns on the defensive line? There are big question marks on the D-line. Miller said he's still searching for the right combination of players but is trying to prevent having starters go both ways up front. To that end, Miller converted former linebacker Silverberg to defensive end.
Bryan Burns, Times staff writer