PREVIEW 2016: CARMEL GREYHOUNDS
John Hebert saw the Greyhounds go 10-3 in his first year as skipper at Carmel. A semi-state loss to Penn 16-10 ended the Greyhounds season. The biggest key will be replacing their leaders on offense and defense. QB Michael Viktrup (Air Force) and LB Noah Burks (Wisconsin) have graduated along with DB Alex Akins, RB Tobias Watkins and LB Cam Hunt. There is plenty of experience in the fold for success.
University of Cincinnati bound Jalen Walker is the man for the Greyhounds. Walker caught 56 passes for 11 scores last season. He is a threat from anywhere on the field.
Who will step up and become the Greyhounds main ball carrier. Will it be Will Schmidt, Jerome Halsell or Camari Hunt.
Junior linebacker Jack VanRemortel is back to man the middle. He was the 2nd leading tackler as a sophomore. VanRemortel is currently committed to playing baseball at the University of Michigan.
The Greyhounds open the season with county rivals Hamilton SE and Noblesville, new to the schedule, before embarking on MIC play.
SCOUTING THE: GREYHOUNDS POSITION BY POSITION
Michael Viktrup took his extreme talents to Colorado Springs and the Air Force Academy. Will it be junior understudy Jake McDonald or Guerin Catholic transfer Eliott Charlebois leading the Greyhound offense.
Senior Jerome Halsell, junior Will Schmidt and sophomore Camari Hunt will all battle for the key RB spot. You could also see Jalen Walker in the backfield.
Loaded is the best way to describe the Greyhounds receiving corp. Senior Ethan Merriweather, a Ball State Verbal, is back to join Jalen Walker. Last season Merriweather caught 38 passes.
Big Kurt Rafdal (6-7, 230) is back at tight end after snaring 17 passes. The big target is one of the nation’s top TEs and is being recruited by Nebraska, Pittsburgh, Indiana among others.
A key to any great team is line play. With three standouts back in guard Justin Williams (6-4, 287), center Trevor Scott (6-2, 275) and tackles Mark Stickford (6-6, 255) Carmel has a great foundation to build from within. All three are getting college looks. Stickford has offers from Purdue, Ball State, Wake Forest and Bowling Green.
Indiana University recruit Britt Beery (6-7, 265) leads the Greyhound front line. He will be joined by Jack Frey, Kylan Cole and Vance Roudebush.
VanRemortel leads the way. Who will join him in the Greyhounds 3-4 alignment. Sophomores Beau Robbins and Joey Schmidt will battle seniors Justin Fleck and Cade Koenig.
Cornerback Jacob Abrams is the most experienced back here. Abrams holds an offer from Ball State as well as several Ivy League Schools. Junior Mark Allen and sophomore Matt Boyer are names to watch.
The Greyhounds are loaded across the board. The key will be the production at the QB and RB spots. Look for Carmel to make noise all season long.