Moreover, even without graduated star Darius Jennings, the Greyhounds have plugged that hole nicely with the southpaw Cockerille (6-2, 205) at the controls.

His protection will be anchored by massive two-way lineman Brian Gaia (6-4, 295), a Penn State recruit who will also help to open holes for senior running backs Kenneth Goins (6-0, 215), University of Pittsburgh-bound Devon Porchia (6-2, 200) and senior T.J. Trusty (6-1, 195).

Blocking beside Gaia will be classmates Charles Cross (-60, 245) and Brandon Smith (5-9, 180), juniors Ned Emala (6-0, 210), Connor Webb (6-2, 215) and Quinn Flacks (6-2, 220) and sophomores Sheldon Johnson (6-3, 270) and Ben Robbins (6-4, 260).

Goins, Gaia, junior Henry Poggi (6-4, 255) and sophomore Melvin Keihn (6-2, 220) make up the defensive front four.

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Last, but hardly least, is wide receiver/defensive back Cyrus Jones 6-0, 190), who Poggi says is "the best player I've ever had."

That's one of the reasons Poggi adds that Alabama, Auburn and Notre Dame are all possible college destinations for the talented senior.

With all that star power, Poggi says "we'll be a tough out. We'll play hard and play fast."

Loch Raven

2010 record: 0-10

Returning starters (offense): 4

Returning starters (defense): 3

First game: Sept. 3, 7 p.m., at Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

Fast fact: New boss Tom Gunn guided Loch Raven to its last playoff appearance in 2005 when he was interim coach for most of the season.

Key to success: No players will be more important to the Raiders' turnaround than junior quarterback hopefuls Adam Boudouris (6-3, 180) or Logan Countryman (5-11, 170).

Breakdown: Raiders fans can be assured of one thing this fall: It can't get much worse than last year.

Loch Raven should show improvement with Gunn making significant changes.

"The first thing to do is change the culture of losing," said Gunn, who replaced John Railey. "That means bringing organization and discipline to the entire (program). They have been down for so long. They have really forgotten what it is like to win."

For the Raiders to make strides, Gunn will be focusing on the development of his quarterbacks running the spread option offense.

Loch Raven will have a fresh look at the position since Boudouris' brother, Steve, graduated.

"Can we get the play out of the quarterback?" Gunn said. "That will be the variable. Both have picked up the picked up the offense very quickly. (Adam) Boudouris can run pretty well and is a good athlete. What Logan lacks in height, he makes up for in athleticism."