2007 Team Insider - Pearland Oilers

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Pearland reloads with 10 returning starters off of a team that reached the Regional Finals in 2006. After the departure of offensive super stars Foswhitt Whittaker (Texas), Sam Proctor (Oklahoma), and Steven Kenney (Texas State), the Oilers still have plenty of weapons on both sides of the ball.

Offensively, Pearland will line up in the spread. With the graduation of Whittaker, look for running back Kasey Carrier to be the Oilers workhorse. Carrier rushed for nearly 600 yards and seven touchdowns as a reserve last year.

Leading the charge and creating the running room for him will be Brian Thomas, who is an early Aggie commit. Also, offensive lineman David Maliel returns. Though Pearland is known for its strong ground game, the Oilers have good targets in receiver Kevin Miller and tight end Kevin Davis.

Coach Tony Heath describes Davis as a "devastating blocker" and Miller had 29 receptions for 333 yards and a touchdown last season.

On defense the Oilers should be as dominant as they were last year with a solid returning personnel. In the secondary, Nicholas Saenz and Jarrod Stewart lead Pearland.

Saenz, a recent University of Houston commit, is coming back after a great junior year and successful off-season. He recorded eight interceptions and 35 tackles. Stewart was the team's leading tackler with 107. Both were All-District players.

Joining these two in the defensive backfield will be: Matt Sanders, Chris Landry, and Charles Landry. At linebacker, Gary Robertson will hold things down.

Up front, Bruce Honore and Dantryal Smith will be the Oilers in the trenches. The kicking game returns Robbie Hersh who was successful seven times last season. Saenz will likely be the return specialist. 

Look for Heath and the Oilers squad to make a huge push in the playoffs in 2007.

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