"He can really make things happen when he is running the ball," Fallon said of his three-year starter. "And he spent a lot of time in the offseason working on his release and accuracy."

Senior Chris Davis (5-10, 175) becomes the premier back after splitting time last year with D.J. Foster, now playing at Lackawanna College in Pennsylvania.

Davis will make a run at a 1,000-yard season.

"He had about 600, 700 yards last year," Fallon said.

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Senior Jamarr Bailey (6-0, 165) is also in the tailback picture.

Bailey and Davis will be running behind an offensive line spearheaded by senior guards Jon Dordai (5-10, 210) and Cooper Manning (6-0, 185) and senior tackle Reily Trawinski (6-0, 240).

Senior Kashaud Bowman (5-8, 185) could make an impact at fullback.

Senior Greg Miller (6-1, 180) and sophomore Kevin Cockerham (5-11, 180) hope emerge as important factors at wide receiver.

If the Lions are to show more improvement in the 4-4 defense, the revamped line must develop quickly.

After all, Dulaney has lost four starters.

Fallon promoted sophomore Elmer Smith (5-9, 220) from the junior varsity and moved senior Raeqowan Scott (5-9, 220) into the starting lineup to help fill the vacancies.

Trawinski could be a significant part of the line after working as a reserve defensive tackle in 2011.

"We would like to put Trawinski at linebacker," Fallon said. "We may have to use him on the line."

The linebacking core features Bowman, Davis and senior Stephon Smith (5-9, 160), while Lewis and Bailey highlight the secondary.


2011 record: 6-4

First game: Aug. 31 vs. North Harford, 7 p.m.

Offensive starters returning: 6

Defensive starters returning: 8

Fast fact: Steve Turnbaugh is the longest tenured coach in Baltimore County, having taken over the Bulls in 1995.