Promises for the '08 campaign
1. In it to win it. Expect more than one victory this season with more talent and experience.
2. More passing. Quarterback James Tringali showed he can throw pinpoint passes during the summer seven-on-seven season.
3. To "light it up." Plenty of talent at receiver and running back makes Wiregrass Ranch a tougher opponent than last season.
What the Bulls can't promise
1. A postseason appearance. Every season, coach Ricky Thomas has one goal — a playoff berth. But a tough district and a relatively inexperienced team won't make any promises.
2. Solid special teams. It was a problem last year, but Thomas has combed the soccer fields for to help make improvements in the kicking game.
3. Smooth sailing. The Bulls have made plenty of improvements, and having a senior class helps, but it will take a few wins to help raise confidence before the Bulls become a true threat.
A look at some of the key figures in the Bulls' 2008 campaign:
Primary offensive skill player: WR Travis Duffey. A three-year starter who has developed into one of the Bulls' most potent receivers.
Primary defensive skill player: DB Blake Burch. A vicious tackler and a good cover man. He's a two-year starter and a good hitter.
Primary offensive lineman: OL Morgan Hendrix. After a good season in the weight room he stands at 6-3, 300 pounds with a lot of promise this season.
Primary defensive lineman: DL Kasey Hess. He was the first Bull to earn Sunshine Athletic Conference honors, and at 6-4, 210 pounds is an all-around solid player.
Primary special teams player: KR Christian Williams. He runs down on punts and kickoffs and hits opponents with intensity to help returners break loose.
Voices from the precincts
What some are saying about the Bulls
"Coach Thomas coaches there and I knew those kids when they were younger at John Long Middle School. He will have the team ready to play. They have a lot of kids moving into the area. He'll have those guys ready." — Pasco coach Tom McHugh
"Ricky's doing a good job with them. That's a lot of our boys there that are featured and doing good. I expect a war. I expect a tough game. They'll let those kids know they can win now. He's got a good quarterback trying to play games." — Wesley Chapel coach John Castelamare
With his first senior class and talented players at each skill position, Ricky Thomas looks primed to turn the Bulls loose. He's a proven winner from the days he played for Pasco to his string of successes coaching at Weightman Middle and Pasco. He has the experience and passion to lead Wiregrass Ranch to its first winning season.
Izzy Gould, Times staff writer