Beaumont Central has huge shoes to fill after the Jaguars went 8-4 last season and earned a trip to the Region III, Division II playoffs.
More than 3,700 yards of offense must be replaced after the graduation of QB Brandon Williams and RB Morris Thomas, but head coach Donald Stowers II has the tools necessary to make Central a playoff threat again.
Much of the offense will center around Derrick Hall, an all-district 22-4A first team WR who is also the Jags' top returning rusher. Hall averaged 10 yards per carry (on 50 attempts) and had 17 yards per catch while totaling 10 touchdowns. One thing Hall won't have to worry about is where he'll play on the next level, having already committed to Texas A&M.
The opportunity to replace Williams will fall on Patrick Fobbs, who threw nine passes last season.
Parnell Wells will be back for his junior season after making the 22-4A first team offensive line. Central has depth and will be able to fill the gaps left by the loss of Mike Henry.
The Jaguars will also have to deal with the loss of linebackers Andre August and Ronnie Arline, but has a pair of all-district defenders to help reload the unit. DE Brian Davis has the potential to be a quality pass rusher, while CB Adrian Guillory helps anchor the secondary.
Fobbs may not be the athletic freak Williams is, but is talented enough to give Central another weapon to go along with Hall. If the Jaguars rebuild the defense, another trip to the area round is a strong possibility.