Defensively, the Cardinals return three-year starting senior inside linebacker Garrett Epple (6-2, 220).
Senior Cole Atkinson (5-10, 210) returns at linebacker.
Senior Orlando Johnson (6-3, 190) moves from defensive end to strong safety and senior Kennedy Frazier (6-1, 170) joins the defensive backfield after missing all of last season with a broken ankle.
Calvert Hall is 38-20 in Davis' first five seasons and have beaten Loyola the past three years in the Turkey Bowl, but the veterans from last season still have some unfinished business.
"It was a good football team and they felt like they were good enough to win the (MIAA) championship and it just didn't happen and our guys want that opportunity again."
2011 record: 3-7
First game: Sept. 1 vs. Kenwood, 1 p.m.
Offensive starters returning: 7
Defensive starters returning: 5
Fast fact: The Lions' defense improved immensely last year, when they gave up 191 points after surrendering a whopping 362 the previous season.
Outlook: Second-year head coach Chris Fallon seems to have the Lions headed in a positive direction.
Dulaney only won six games from 2004-2010.
"I believe we will take a step forward to at least a .500 record," Fallon said. "We really ramped it up at the end of last season. They were executing with minimal errors and really playing with some fierceness, confidence and speed. It just took a while to get there."
Fallon's next challenge is figuring out what offense the team will employ.
Dulaney used a Pro-I last year.
"We lost two linemen that we thought we would still have," Fallon said.
"It's put (the Pro-I) in limbo. If you don't have the horses, you can't run it."
Still, Fallon has plenty of talent on offense.
Senior quarterback Tre Lewis' (5-7, 165) biggest strength simply may be that he has no glaring weaknesses.