Outlook: Although there are some holes to fill after so many top players graduated from last year's undefeated championship team, there's still enough talent for coach Paul Bernstorf to mold into a winner.
Starting with junior quarterback Anthony Pino (5-10, 170) and senior running back Kaylon Johnson (5-11, 175) and Hunter Pearl (5-11, 200), the Crusaders have some big guns to maneuver on offense behind senior linemen Roger Boyce (6-2, 215) and Connor Keenan (6-2, 220) and junior counterparts Garrett Mullin (6-2, 270) and Zach Kobokovich (5-11, 225).
Pino won't lack for passing targets, given that senior newcomer Mikey Wynne (5-11, 170) and juniors Alan Quickley (6-0, 175) and Jack Pollard (6-0, 190) will be available.
Keenan, Mullin, Pollard and Boyce will man the defensive line with seniors Keifer Rawlings (5-10, 200) and Hank Ford (5-11, 180 joining Pearl on the linebacking unit.
Defensive backs include seniors D. J. Johnson (6-0, 170), Tre Hamer (6-0, 175), Quickley and sophomore Tyler Rockhill (5-11, 170).
"Two years ago, we had a great season going and then we had a lot of injuries and couldn't finish it off," Bernstorf said. "Last year that kind of happened to BL and (Archbishop) Curley, so you never know. The B Conference is a great league and anybody can win it if they stay healthy."
2012 record: 1-9
First game: Sept. 6 at Sparrows Point, 7 p.m.
Offensive starters returning: 3
Defensive starters returning: 3
Fast fact: Towson juniors Brandon Womack, Nicholas Regalbuto and Ronje Wright were listed on the Big 33 Prospect Watch List for the Big 33 Football Classic that features players from Maryland against those from Pennsylvania.
Outlook: "We are young, but they have a lot of energy and they are working hard," coach Chad Knippenberg said.
Running back Womack (5-9, 185), who was promoted from junior varsity last season, dedicated himself over the summer and has emerged as the top running back.
He'll be joined by classmate Kenny Young (6-1, 180) and senior fullback Brandon Straughter (5-10, 230).
The quarterback battle features junior Tyler Carr (6-3, 175), sophomore Darren Cockerill (6-0, 165) and freshman Trent McNairy (5-11, 165).
Their top targets are senior tight end Davey Thomas (6-2, 180) and junior wideout Wright (6-3, 180).
The offensive line includes a slew of candidates, led by seniors Drew Williams (6-2, 210), Peter DeGurman (6-0, 200) and PJ Lenhart (5-9, 200) and juniors Regalbuto (5-10, 240), Nick O'Dwyer (6-0, 220), Naz Donowa (5-10, 275) and Charles Ashby (6-2, 315).
Thomas and Williams also play defensive end, while Regalbuto and Donowa fill the gaps in the interior line.
Womack and senior Tyron Phillips (6-0, 165) are the outside linebackers and Straughter mans the middle.
Defensive backs include senior Robert Jones (6-0, 160) and juniors Simeon Hickey (5-10, 155) and Kyle Goodbee (6-0, 165), with Young and Womack patrolling at the safety slots.
Andrew Cianos (5-8, 130) and Abdel Sindjui (6-0, 175) handle the kicking duties and Jones is the punter.
Second-year coach Knippenberg feels a positive vibe around the team during the preseason.
"They have a great attitude and they committed themselves to the weight room in the offseason," Knippenberg said.