Offensive starters returning: 6
Defensive starters: 6
Fast fact: Lutheran graduate and junior Jay Davis is playing football at Brown University as a defensive back.
Outlook: Saints' second-year coach Jeramiah Bowling figures if his team plays decently and continues to improve, IT will be primed for a surge.
"I think we are a better disciplined team, and we have a lot of excitement going into the season," said Bowling, whose team competes in the MIAA C Conference. "The kids really took the initiative to work. We had the best offseason lifting weights we ever had."
Senior quarterback Tyler Woolsey (5-11, 200) enters his second season as a starter and he's a good fit running the spread offense.
"He's very smart, has a great arm and is pretty accurate," Bowling said.
Lutheran has a lot of pass-catching talent returning.
Seniors Zakk Davis (6-2, 165), Jay Lawson (5-10, 160), Jon Schildwachter (6-0, 170,) and Derrick McKnight (5-10, 145) are all back.
"It's rare you get the quarterback and all the receivers back in high school," Bowling said. "They are a pretty versatile group. They are fast, can block and catch over the middle.
The Saints have the chance to impose their will on the offensive line, which features All-Conference pick and senior Charlie Dyjak (6-2, 190), his twin brother Luke (6-2, 190) and Nick Weinel (6-2, 190).
Senior linebackers Marquise King (5-9, 170) and Dillion Taylor (5-8, 160), safety Davis, linebacker Lawson and cornerback McKnight will lead the 4-4 defense.
Davis set a school record with five interceptions last year.
"He is like an Ed Reed-type," Bowling said. "He is in the right place at the right time."
2012 record: 11-0
First game: Aug. 30 at Loyola, 4 p.m.
Offensive starters returning: 7
Defensive starters returning: 6
Fast fact: The Crusaders overcame a 17-0 deficit to edge John Carroll, 28-27, last November to capture their first MIAA B Conference title in seven years.