There are a lot of reasons to be excited in Denison. First of all, they get an easier district. Secondly, they return 17 starters from a team that fared pretty well in a brutal district last season. Third of all, the talent they will have for the next two seasons will likely put Denison back on the football map - since the 1990's - Denison has been only revitalized by the opening of a Cotton Patch and Jalapeno Tree. Football may help put some drive back in that country.
As a sophomore, Jordan Taylor played receiver and was good enough to get honorable mention all state. This year, he moves over at quarterback and gives the team an athletic presence at the position. DJ Jones returns at running back and he is pretty good. Several receivers will give Denison options led by Aston Hughes and Matt Davis. The offensive line is solid - JaQwaylin Arps is a tough name to say but will be a tough name for opposing teams to forget. Dillon Weddell is a young talent that will have some time to jell with a senior based offensive line.
Defensively, the man in the middle on the line is DeVonte Kemp. He is a special talent and should be pretty good. Arps looks to play on both sides of the ball with Aston Hughes and Cody Reeves. The linebacking crew is probably the weakness of the team with two sophomores having to step up and fill in holes. The linebacking crew will need to jell if this will be a team that can get past any 10-4A team in the first round. The secondary is probably pretty set led by Shalamar Traylor as well as the aforementioned Reeves and Hughes.
Of the 22 starters, 11 will be staying on the team next season - as well as some pretty good talent rotating into the schemes this season which should give Denison a very bright next two years. Denison is in a middle-tier heavy district instead of a top-tier heavy district. The battle of the Axe will likely be for the district championship. I see Denison running the table in district - perhaps losing once in an upset as any team on any given day will probably be pretty competitive; however, I don't like their chances against Rockwall, Heath or Highland Park in the first round, so they will have to hope that top seed draws the fourth place seed if they want any type of playoff run this season.