On offense, LaGrange has five trying out for the quarterback spot. The top two are Rodney Tolbert and Trey Duffy. Running back Bernard Heard returns for his second season as starter. The fullback position was vacated by Michael Kendall. Dez Lovett and William Smith are battling for that job. Look for LaGrange to pass more with A.J. Hardy at wingback and Mario Poythress, Colby Terry and Randall Burden sharing time at split end/wide receiver.
On defense, Division 1 prospects Ironman Mychal Bailey and D.J. Stafford start at will linebacker and defensive end, respectively. Sophomore Qua Huzzie starts at sam linebacker and has been compared to Tray Blackmon and Sam Olajubutu.
Junior Pat Simmons will handle extra point and short field goal duties, while freshman Joe Mansour will handle the kickoffs and long field goals.
The Grangers see many familiar teams as every team from the 2004 & 2005 Region 2-AAA return, plus the addition of Columbus schools Carver and Hardaway. LaGrange once again expects to contend for the region championship and go deep in the playoffs.