"He is very athletic and disciplined," Reid explained. "He has a solid arm and has the height and weight to take the hits running our offense."

Senior tackle Charlie Buonaignore (5-11, 215) and junior tackle Blake Thompson (6-1, 240) return to anchor a strong, physical offensive line.

Junior tackle Quinn Conroy (6-5, 280) and junior guards Thomas Pettinelli (5-9, 205) and Andy Wall (5-7, 190) are other candidates to start.

Reid hopes one of his running backs, senior Stephon Smith (5-10, 160) and juniors Raynard McCamie (5-5, 150) and Nick Koger (5-5, 160), emerge as a big-play threat.

Three wide receivers — senior Imani Anderson (5-8, 150), sophomore Javon Smith (5-7, 140) and freshman Kenard Lee (5-7, 145) — should help boost the passing attack.

Senior tight end Richard McBryde (5-10, 180) is another pass-catching option.

Reid has a lot of holes to fill on defense. Cornerback Anderson, linebacker Sless, safety Smith and tackle Buonaignore are the only returning starters on that side of the ball.

Sophomore Javon Childs (5-8, 230) and juniors Harris Lipinski (5-9, 165) and Brandon Wheeler (6-2, 170) are also key figures along the line.

Smith and Lee provide depth at cornerback.

FRIENDS

2012 record: 3-6

First game: Sept. 6 at MATHS, 4 p.m.

Offensive starters returning: 3

Defensive starters returning: 3

Fast fact: New coach Rocco Bruno piloted Chesapeake High to a regional title in 2011.

Outlook: There's a new sherrif in town for the Quakers, and he aims to make the program more competitive.

Beginning with a summer lifting program, Bruno, who takes over for Chuck Saine, is on a mission is to bring a football mindset to the school.

He's also bringing with him an old-school, single-wing offense, the formation that dominated college football in the 1930s and 1940s before springing up again in the late 2000s in the NFL as the "Wildcat."

In the scheme, a variety of backs are available to take direct snaps from center. Included in the mix will be juniors John Herzog (6-2, 175) and Christian Spence (5-8, 170), sophomore J.D. Rogers (5-9, 170) and freshman Nick D'Mario (6-2, 178).

They will run behind senior blocking back Charlie Emrich (6-3, 275), junior ends John McGagh (5-9, 170) and Chris Shepherd (6-0, 170), guards Kenyatta Bragg (junior, 5-7, 220) and Jeffrey Gonya (freshman, 5-11, 180), sophomore center Sam Todd (5-7, 180) and tackles Gabe Williams (junior, 5-7, 160) and Ethan Sigman (sophomore, 5-8, 150).