Coach George Quarles is no stranger to Murfreesboro, site of the TSSAA state championship game. In fact with four visits in the last four years has helped solidify the Rebels as one of the best football programs in the Southeast and nation. Don't expect the graduation of several players and the emergence of new players to slow down the Rebels in 2008.
Winning is a way in Maryville and the Rebel players expect to win. They will look for some of that attitude and guidance from returning senior running back Thomas Shuler (5-10, 170 pounds). Shuler looks to pick up help from a strong offensive line with four returning starters. The offensive line will be led by Marcus Engelhardt (6-0, 240 pounds), Brad Coulter (6-1, 200 pounds), Dylan Beets (6-0, 240 pounds), and Taylor Stinnett (6-2, 210 pounds). With the loss of Brent Burnette, quarterback from the state championship team, the Rebels will have a tough battle to fill his shoes this fall.
Defensively look for Justin Smih (6-1, 245 pounds) to the lead way this season. He will get plenty of help with a linebacker group loaded with talent. Look for Jeffery Booker (5-10, 185 pounds), Luke Cox (5-9, 190 pounds), and Cody McCoy (5-9, 170 pounds) all to have big seasons as returning starters in the linebacker crew. The Rebels look to defend the aerial attack this year with Chris Jordan (5-10, 165 pounds) and Jamal Brazan (5-8, 155 pounds).
With so much experience at key spots Maryville has an excellent chance at repeating as state champs this season.
-Four returning starters on the offensive line.
-Experience at the running back position.
-Three starters returning at linebacker.
-Both cornerbacks returning.
Areas to Improve:
-Experience at the quarterback position with the loss of Middle Tennessee commitment Brent Burnette.
-Loss of two starting defensive tackles.
There is no reason to think Coach George Quarles won't be coaching late in November. One thing is for sure about Maryville, they know how to win. Look for the Rebels to go deep in the playoffs and possibly match up with Henry County in December for all the marbles.
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