The defense also boasts three other veterans: senior tackle Brandon Dismal (6-0, 300), senior end Tom Baxter (6-0, 190) and senior outside linebacker Darius Fulton (6-1, 190).

Loyola Blakefield

2011 record: 4-6

First game: Sept. 1, Loyola at St. John's, 2 p.m.


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Offensive starters returning: 5

Defensive starters returning: 5

Fast fact: New Loyola Blakefield head coach Brant Hall played quarterback for the Dons from 1995-97 and went on to Lehigh University where he was named the All-Patriot League First Team quarterback in his final two seasons.

After nine seasons as a Loyola assistant, Hall takes over for Brian Abbott and is eager for the chance.

"It certainly was in the back of my mind, but I didn't think it would happen this fast," Hall said. "I've always wanted to take charge and I was certainly honored when I got the job."

Hall takes over a team that returns five seniors on offense, led by quarterback Jake Price (6-2, 205).

Price and senior fullback Alex Hunt (6-0, 200) bring the most experience to the backfield, while tackle Sam Evans (6-1, 265), guard Cole Luthy (6-1, 215) and tight end Cole Boozer (6-6, 217) provide senior leadership to the offensive line.

Tryouts are still ongoing for the starting running back spot, but the Dons do boast a trio of talented junior receivers in Mike Meurer (6-2, 190), Alex Isaac (6-0, 175) and Trevor Janoskie (5-10, 180).

Meurer, Janoskie and Danny Cameron (6-1, 180) will also be featured in the defensive backfield behind linebackers Hunt, Boozer and junior defensive ends Jack Kenny (6-6, 235) and Matthew Gillespie (6-2, 215).

As the pre-season unfolds, Hall hopes to find some more talented defenders to give his two-way starters some rest.

"Our lack of depth really showed last year," Hall said. "We had a core group of seniors who weren't able to get a break and some of the games we just wore down in the fourth quarter."