40 letterman graduated last year and that senior group led San Angelo Central to back to back playoff trips and an area round playoff spot in 2006 so there is some work to do. Six starters are back and the WR group should be strong with Marc Campos and Taylor Patton back. Campos is the big physical receiever and Patton brings big play ability. The ground game is a question as Ryan Chadwick must have better production and look for FB Deon Jones to get a lot of work as well. Tyler Jones who saw significant time as a junior will direct the offensive attack, but he could get pushed by Clayton Kafer. If Kafter wins the job Jones could move into the secondary full time. The main questions center on the offensive line and a lack of speed across the board.
The defense brings five starters back and could be a concern especially in a district with high powered offensive teams in 2-5A. The defensive line lacks size and major playmakers and in the Bobcats 5-2 scheme that unit is critical. DE Clayton Kafer who saw lots of time as a sophomore will be counted on to be a disruptive force. LB Coby Land who was second team all 2-5A as a junior will team with junior Brandon Arthur who was also a major force as a sophomore to anchor the linebackers. The secondary is in good shape with Solomon Sutton who had 4 INT's and was second team all-district, John Lewis who is a playmaker and look for Patton to see time on defense as well.
Overall, San Angelo Central won't have an easy road to the playoffs in a ten team district. Permian and Monterrey look to be the favorites but the two Midland schools will be strong as well. Lubbock Coronado took heavy losses to graduation but they were still 11-2 last season and Amarillo High was also a playoff team. All that means Central will need to post a couple of upsets to sneak into 4th place and advance to the playoffs.