Jesuit has not been given an easy road since moving up to the public ranks. Although the UIL has not made a public position on the matter, and Coach Wunderlick and crew will repeat the following statement, "We are glad to be playing UIL football, no matter the competition" - certainly being realigned against other district country club schools with 4-5 times the enrollment will put a dent into Jesuit's success at all sports. Only 8 starters return from last year's playoff team, but 7 of them were on offense. The Jesuit Rangers should have a pretty salty offensive side of the ball this year.
Brent Miller has shown solid proficiency at running the Jesuit spread offense. He has good vision and puts up good numbers. Having a returning tailback certainly won't hurt in Kyle Van de Ven. He has great speed but his size and durability may be tested in the district. They will have to retool at the receiver position but Jamil Bailey has some experience from last season. The offensive line has always been one of Jesuit's strengths - and 2 of the 5 offensive linemen are D1 talent and very smart kids. The third is a returning starter and not exactly a slouch. Jesuit would be able to pound the ball if they need to - especially in short range situations.
The defense will be the truly tested area of the Jesuit team this season. The coaches are excited about Chuka Ndulue - as he looks to be a legitimate D1 talent. Cole Joiner goes from the offensive side of the ball to the defensive side of the ball. Coaches are also excited about young Brian Wetzel who really has a knack for the game. In one of the more underrated parts of the team, Jesuit will likely have the best kicker (and the smartest) with Nick Tausch. The Plano resident can likely name his college. The linebackers will be the JV linebackers from last year's 6-4 JV team. They will need to step up to contain a lot of the short passing games that the District 8-5A competitors will throw out.
Jesuit is going to be well coached and not an easy win for any team. I think they'll win 1-2 district games, one against McKinney Boyd and probably another one against someone they shouldn't have any business beating. Hosting Plano East might be an upset bid. Jesuit has the first district bye so their schedule is fairly normal. It could be a tough season for Jesuit. They should start out strong beating Bishop Lynch but will struggle to put up wins in the next 6 games after that. Jesuit likely does not make the playoffs and ends up with a 3-7 record. They do have a lot of talent on the team though - but the depth might be an issue - especially if the injury bug starts to strike.