2009 Team Insider: Austin Anderson Trojans

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The Austin Anderson Trojans have not advanced to the state playoffs since 2003 and coming off a 2-8 campaign in 2008 AHS may be hard pressed to finish in the top four spots in District 25-5A. Coach Mark Reiland however has strong junior and sophomore classes and depending on how UIL Realignment shakes down the Trojans could be right in the playoff mix in another year.

Anderson's offense should be solid in 2009 with six starters back including QB Sam Weymeyer who took some lumps as a sophomore but the speedy junior should be much improved in all aspects of his game. Sophomore Dewayne Dewitty could be the man in the backfield as it appears to be a wide open race to secure that job. There's also some openings at WR as only Cameron Gravelee is back after earning second team all 25-5A honors. He'll get some help from Stanley Rukinwande who was first team all-district at TE and he could develop into a possible Division 1 prospect. The strength of the Anderson offense will lie up front where the Trojans return three starters including first team all-district C Nate Span.

On defense it could be the opposite for Austin Anderson in 2009, where the strength of the offense lies up front the main weakness on defense is the line. Look for AHS to rely on several young players to step in and play key roles. Their development in a district that features several good running teams will be critical if Austin Anderson wants to compete for a playoff spot. The strength on defense is at LB where juniors Conner Sheehan and Jacob Mosoi patrolling the middle as both were all-district as sophomores. Ty Neal leads the secondary and the speedy Neal could see some time on the offensive side of the ball also.

All in all Austin Anderson is just too young and in too difficult of a district to compete for a playoff spot this year. The Trojans should improve on their 2-8 mark as with the youth coming up from a 5-5 JV squad I expect a 3-7 or maybe on the high end 4-6 type season.

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