2008 Team Insider: Richardson Berkner Rams

It is the 2008 season - and we have gotten started with our premium insiders. Don't want to wait until the magazine comes out to start looking at the strengths of the team? Want the INSIDE information? You can only find it here at TexasPrepInsider.com. Berkner goes from the fire back into the frying pan - but will the frying pan even be safe with a very young team and inexperienced offense?

Last season was a tough season for Berkner. They turned their season around by knocking off Plano East and ending their undefeated season by great coaching and putting every position up for grabs to younger kids, and they had a complicated chance to make the playoffs with a tie. However, they didn't win enough games in the end and the right things didn't fall their way to make that a reality. This season will mark the first season in the last four years without one of the two Johnsons, but the returning starters are young, raw and have a great chance to shine under the triple option system. At one time, a weakness, it seems the defense will be the strength of Berkner this season.

Offensively, Junior Lawrence Williams saw some time at quarterback last season, and he is slated to be a two year starter. He isn't very big but he is fast - within the system that Berkner runs, he could be highly effective. The offensive line has been a strength in the past but looks to be a bit of a weakness this year. Roberto Gomez will lead the offensive line. Corey White could see some time at running back as well as Charles Blackmon - a player who had some tough running last season. Overall, the offense will not feature the type of size and talent that it has seen in the past.

Where the offense lacks this season, the defense more than makes up for it. TWo super sophomores were VERY impressive last season at the end of the season. Preston Wimberly and Kentarius Caldwell are game-changers. They are very quick and have great size. They will give offensive lines some fits this season. Brian Jordan will complement very well on a very young defensive line with big Justin Yancey. Depth on the defensive line is huge with one of their best players, Quincy King, returning to the defensive line this season. Derrick Francis leads the secondary - and is a great open field tackler.

Berkner has been rewarded after two years with the Plano schools with a significantly easier schedule. They should make the playoffs the next two seasons. The game against Creekview could be pivotal for the playoff chances - and they end the season with a very light run - taking on Sunset, Richardson and WT White its last three games. Look for Berkner to probably finish second or third in this district - Lake Highlands might have an edge on talent - and the game against Skyline could be very fun to watch. Berkner's triple option will give some teams fits - but having the chance to have homecoming games against teams like Molina will certainly help the Rams out with its youth this season.

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