PREVIEW 2015: LAWRENCE CENTRAL BEARS
Coach Jed Richman and the Bears went 4-7 last season. That record is very deceiving as Lawrence Central lost three of those games by a touchdown. Richman will have limited graduation losses to deal with. LB Darrin Kirkland, TE Glenn Calvin and QB Brian Haas are the biggest losses. The good news is eight starters back on defense and five on offense.
Running back Gerrid Doaks broke into his own last season rushing for 1242 yards. He recently picked Cincinnati over Indiana and Illinois among others.
Junior Ronald Carter had 52 tackles as a sophomore. He could possibly factor into the offensive backfield as well.
A lot of talented underclass prospects to look at. Junior safety Michael Tutsie is a playmaker in the secondary. Last season Tutsie had 41 tackles.
BEST POSITION BATTLE:
Replacing Brian Hass at quarterback will be key for the offense.
SCOUTING THE: BEARS POSITION BY POSITION
Junior Luke Scales and sophomore Xaveon Washington look to be the top contenders to replace Hass.
Gerrid Doaks burst on the scene last season. He will get support from Thomas Lee, Avery Hall, Ronald Carter and Tierry Gomes.
Senior Bryan Rutland (14 receptions) and junior Deveon Bell (11 receptions for 87 yards) are back as wideouts.
Seniors Ivan Martinez and Ethan Bunce are back as starters up front. Look for senior Angel Russell, senior Logan Utley, junior Tommy Rhodes and sophomore Anthony Burroughs lend depth.
Sophomore Kavonta Murray had 42 tackles as a freshman. Seniors Krystafer Oakley ( 8 tackles) and Kevin McDuffie (23 tackles) are also back. Senior Mike Clemons and junior Gary Gillard will challenge for time.
Junior Ronald Carter (52 tackles), senior Jobie Walker (24 tackles), junior Marlon Sam (19 tackles), senior Mario Nalls (19 tackles), senior Isaac Miles (23 tackles), junior Jalen Orr, senior Myles Fells and senior Joe Rugesntein give LC tremendous talent and depth at linebacker.
Senor cornerback Andre Randolph recently received an offer from Army. He figures to get more as time goes on. Junior safety Michael Tutise is also back as a starter. Looking to round out the secondary are: senior Marquell Wilson, junior Dominique Tyler and junior Dominique Jones.
The Bears have the capability of improving on their 4-7 record. Gerrid Doaks should have a monster season. The defense is experienced and talented. A big key is finding a quarterback who is productive and a leader.