"We are not as big as we have been in the past." Turnbaugh said. "But they are extremely quick and intelligent as far as making adjustments. We really like how they are coming together as a unit."
With Sandusky, senior Luke Quidley (6-0, 175) and junior Brooks Wilhelm (5-10, 160), wide receiver Is an area where the Bulls have depth and talent.
2011 record: 3-7
First game: Aug. 31 vs. Southside Academy, 7 p.m.
Offensive starters returning: 8
Defensive starters returning: 4
Fast fact: Rookie coach Ryan Heaney worked the last three seasons as the junior varsity coach at Franklin and the previous four at Western Tech as a JV coach and varsity assistant.
Outlook: The Raiders are certain they hit rock bottom two years ago with an 0-10 record.
And it looks like the direction Loch Raven will continue to go is up.
"This could be the year we turn the corner and really get the program headed in the right direction because of the senior leadership," said Heaney, who replaces Tom Gunn. "Those (16) seniors are ready to take the next step and have a winning record. I have been really impressed with their attitude and work ethic."
Senior Adam Boudouris (6-2, 185) and junior R. J. Cashen (6-0, 185), a transfer from Franklin who was a varsity backup, are batting to become the starting quarterback.
Boudouris might have the edge since he played for the Raiders last season.
He started the year at wide receiver and moved to quarterback late in the season.
"He has excellent arm strength and a great attitude," Heaney said. "It rubs off on the other guys. Adam certainly fits the type of quarterback we are looking for in our (Pro-I) offense. Last year, they had a couple of different guys there."
The three offensive linemen who return — senior center Sean Najmi (5-10, 190), senior guard Ryan Oeschler (5-10, 215) and junior guard Bobby Lease (5-10, 190) should give whatever quarterback starts ample time to throw.
Heaney likes the upside of senior tackle Tyler Sherrod (6-5, 300), who sat out last season after playing the previous two years on the JV.
Senior running back Logan Countryman (5-9, 180) and senior wide receiver James Staten (6-2, 175) should be key weapons.
Heaney can claim to have one of the best linebackers in the country in senior Ryan Memphis.
"The sky is the limit for his potential," the coach said. "He has done a great job of being a leader. I believe he has the ability to play at the next level. He has received some (college) interest."