“He got significant time as a sophomore and he looks stronger and a lot more aggressive this year,” Murphy said.
Senior Michael Corsey (6-2, 205) may see time at tight end as well as tackle.
“We were thin on the line so he is going to be flip-flopping between tackle and tight end this year,” Murphy noted.
Murphy has some candidates to start the season on the line.
Senior veteran Ryan Rent (6-0, 220) moves from guard to center this season, junior Mouthiah Nidiaye (6-0, 210) starts at tackle with junior Damian Stevens (6-0, 220) manning a guard slot, along with sophomore Lorenzo Tippins (6-2, 220).
“He’s kind of an all-purpose skill-guy, wide receiver, defensive back, safety,” Murphy said.
Another prospect the head coach is excited about is junior Idriss Zoutina, who switched from soccer to become the team’s full-time kicker.
“He is just a kicker and he’s doing amazing so far.” Murphy said.
Among the reserves on the 21-man squad hoping to make an impact are first-year senior players Timothy Bass (RB/OLB) and David Trang (OL/DL), juniors Michael Burnett (WR/DB), Gavin Kolb (QB/DB), Tyler Shiflett (OL/OLB), Delonte Thompson (WR, CB) and sophomores Trevor Ellis (WR/DB) and Richard Gross (WR/DB).
One thing that has impressed the coach throughout pre-season is the team’s attitude.
“They are very excited to finally get the program over that hurdle of realizing that we can do it and that was the mentality that we went forward with after the 3-7 season in Jerald’s junior year,” Murphy said. “To be able to go and have the mentality that we can win, that we will win and that would be expectation, rather than it being a surprise, that was huge for us.”
Lansdowne opens the regular season at Sparrows Point on Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. The Vikings open the home season on Sept. 13 against Patapsco at 6 p.m. with the homecoming game against Chesapeake on Sept. 20 at 6 p.m.