Head coach Henry Washington and his staff return 10 starters, five on each side of the ball, from last year's squad that went 4 - 6 and several have D-1 potential.
Leading the offensive attack for the Cougars is QB Sahshaun Alexander, a dual-threat signal-caller who could play a number of positions at the next level.
At running back, Ezekiel Graham is the big name after rushing for over 420 yards and seven touchdowns last season.
However, pushing the sophomore will be freshmen Kyle Evans and Andrew Romero as the season goes along.
At receiver, Dana Reed returns for his sophomore season after finishing second on the team with 24 receptions in 2010 while leading the team in yards with 501 and tying for the lead with three touchdowns.
Incoming freshman Marcel Patterson is a wiry prospect to keep an eye on down the line and sophomore TE Steven Amos isn't big, but he's fast and a better blocker than you'd expect.
Up front, the Cougars have some talent along the offensive line led by T Alexander Royston who is also a star in the classroom.
C Jalen Fulcher doesn't have ideal size, but he's a battler and really gets the job done inside.
G Everett Burns really impressed this offseason and OT Matthew Jones made quite a bit of progress as well.
Freshman Eduardo Maldonado was a full-qualifier and is a physical player who should garner some attention from four-year schools.
Defensively, the big playmaker along the defensive line are DE Cedric Stewart who posted 32 tackles and two sacks as a freshman last fall.
Dawan Marzett returns to the lead the linebackers after posting 27 tackles and an interception last season and he will be flanked by Carlos Galvan who had 18 tackles in 2010 as well as freshman Dashawn Davis.
The Cougars have some very talented corners this fall with the return of Travhn Wolfe and Adam Hogan along with freshman Damon Lampkin.
The safety spots are manned by Tevin Carter, a Cal bounceback, at free safety and Marcus Harrison at strong safety.
Lastly, K Jose Arias has D-1 potential due to his accuracy and strength.
The Cougars got off to a rough start this season, losing to El Camino 43-17 and things don't get much easier as they play host to L.A. Harbor this weekend.
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