The secondary will be a strength of the defense. Nick Richardson returns at safety after making nearly 70 tackles as a junior.
The above four seniors will be the leaders of the team in 2010. However, they will not have to go at things alone. Two juniors will help carry the load.
Cyril Noland also returns at safety. The 6'1.5" 200 pound hard hitter looks ready to make the jump after breaking up a dozen passes as a sophomore. Noland recently ran a 4.56 40-yard dash and posted a 34.7" vertical jump.
Another strong prspect for Bearcats Coach Billy Laird is offensive tackle Joseph Brunson. The 6'4" 290-pound big man recently had a good showing at Ruston's spring scrimmage against West Monroe. Brunson matched up against the Rebel's top recruit, defensive tackle Chuck Hunter, and played very well.
Dean and Wiggins will give Ruston some experience in the front seven, but with all four defensive backs returning; the secondary will be counted on heavily.
On offense, Coach Laird will have to find a new quarterback to lead the way. The rushing attack should be solid with Johnson running the ball and Brunson anchoring things up front. Johnson has a chance to go over 1,000 yards and reach double digits in touchdowns.