8 starters are back on offense headlined by TB Randall Joyner. Joyner who is a powerful back with good speed and vision averaged over five yards per carry and accounted for nearly 1200 yards of offense and eight touchdowns. WR Al Lasker like Joyner is a Division 1 caliber recruit after a solid season averaging 20 yards per catch and hauling in seven touchdowns. Aldo Quiroga pilots the offense and he gives Newman Smith a nice dual threat from the QB slot as he ran for six touchdowns and tossed eight touchdown passes. Kevin Gaines and Terrell Wilson give Newman Smith some nice secondary options in the passing game but the fate of the offense rests on an offensive line that is untested. The top two guys up front Nick Hawkins and David Hernandez have graduated.
On defense is where the Trojans will be bear watching, expect improvement with eight starters back. That optimisim could be tempered by the fact NSHS allowed nearly 32 points per game. This will be the area where the Trojans will need to turn it around. Up front Dontreyl Beckham leads a smallish but active defensive line. The group of LB's will have to step up but this could be the major glaring weakness as the Trojans lack size and speed. Against several of the wide open offenses in 10-4A this could be a problem. The secondary is solid however they will rely heavily on Joyner who will likely take a pounding playing running back.
Newman Smith is not a team that will compete for the District 10-4A title, there's not enough depth in the trenches for that. However after Highland Park and Rockwall-Heath things are fairly wide open. Rockwall looks like a playoff team but the fourth spot is up for grabs and with some breaks and improvements on defense Newman Smith could be right in the thick of the playoff chase and the Week 10 matchup with Richardson Pearce could be the fourth place game.