A-listers Rodney Williams
This sophomore has all the tools and veteran coach Dale Caparaso calls him "one of the best I've ever seen."
He rotated in at quarterback last year but the job is all his now. The Spartans will switch form the Double Wing-T to a spread offense this year, which should spotlight Burgess' arm and legs.
A shift from safety to weakside linebacker hopefully will give the big hitter a more prominent role in run support.
Rising star Ron Coleman
He played on the offensive and defensive lines last year and will do so again. Only better, according to Caparaso. The 6-foot-2, 281-pound Coleman impressed his coach this summer with a diligent work ethic.
Stunt man Nick Addison
Guy who does the dirty work
You may see Addison line up in the defensive backfield. Or at wideout. Or at linebacker. Or maybe at quarterback. His versatility adds much-needed depth, and he will be in on every special-teams formation.
Three things the Spartans need to avoid
1. Complacency. Caparaso said the team had a great summer and preseason workouts. His job will be to keep players hungry.
2. Trouble at home. In only its second year of varsity competition, a key to Spoto's success is avoiding what Caparaso called "internal arguments."
3. Lack of tradition. Unlike most teams, Caparaso said, Spoto can't rely on its tradition. "When things go bad, we won't have (tradition) to fall back on. We have to build it."
"They just have a ton of speed. And they have a ton of discipline. And in high school football, that can take you a long way." — Bloomingdale coach Jason Stokes
Brandon Wright, Times correspondent
Coach: Dale Caparaso (first season at Spoto; 20-21 four seasons at Pasco) | Last season: 3-7 | Class: 3A, District 11 | Colors: Purple, silver and black