Promises for the '08 campaign
1. The most electric atmosphere ever … for a Gulf-Hudson game, to be played on a Saturday night (Oct. 25).
2. A stiffer defense … with more size up front and less vulnerability to the big play.
3. Collegiate promise. For Fulmer to publicly anoint at least three of his players as can't-miss Division I prospects.
What the Bucs can't promise
1. Postseason play. A second playoff berth in three seasons is no guarantee.
2. For another Ridgewood transfer to lead the team in rushing, though it could happen. Junior Adrian Golden, who bolted from the Rams last month, is among those vying to replace 2,000-yard rusher David Williams.
3. Domestic tranquility. If Fulmer, who has moved from offensive to defensive coordinator, doesn't like the way the Bucs are moving the ball, we see him taking back the playbook in short order.
A look at some of the key figures in the Bucs' 2008 campaign
Primary offensive skill player: QB Madison Burr. Like predecessor Alton Voss, could also flourish at safety.
Primary defensive skill player: MLB Daryl Cooper. Coaches have nicknamed him "Predator." Enough said.
Primary offensive lineman: TE/OT Leon Orr. Possesses most Division I upside on the team and is only a junior.
Primary defensive lineman: DT Jordan Lawson. Promising sophomore will anchor right side of Gulf's six-man front.
Primary special-teams player: K D.J. Skelton. Nailed 40-yard field goal on final play of spring scrimmage.
Voices from the precincts
What some are saying about the Bucs
"I'm very proud of this team because they put the team before themselves." — Fulmer
Joey Knight, Times staff writer