Team Preview - Fullerton

Fullerton finished the 2011 season with an uncharacteristically mediocre 5-5 record and this fall the Hornets are out to show they have the players to make last year a thing of the past. Today, takes a look at the top prospects on both sides of the roster and who will be counted on to take them back to the post-season...

Offensively, the Hornets only managed to post 24.9 points per game and the hope is that sophomore QB Conor Bednarski can build off of a solid freshman season that saw him complete 51.8% of his passes for 1,836 yards, 11 touchdowns and six interceptions.

If Bednarski is more consistent this season, he will have quite a few weapons to work with so that he doesn't have to carry the load.

At tailback, last season, the Hornet offense boasted some serious talent in the backfield with Kelvin York who signed with Utah, however, he only managed to post a little over 400 yards and five touchdowns on the ground.

Jamison Sterns and Kion Williams are big-backs that can pound the ball inside while Trevor Colton will be in the mix as change-of-pace type.

When Bednarski drops back to pass, he will have several weapons at his disposal.

Richard Turner led the team with 37 receptions for 539 yards and five touchdowns and signed with Nevada, so the Hornets are looking for someone to take over.

Collin Floyd (11 receptions, 113 yards, 1 TD) is a big wideout, but the coaches really love what Ryan Longoria brings to the table.

Also in the mix for playing time will be Earvin Anumgba and Ricky Weekes.

TE Dakota Mosley is a devestating blocker and an underrated receiver. He is one that the coaches think could garner a lot of attention this season as teams get a look at him in action as an every-down tight end. Also getting reps at tight end will be former wideout J.D. Blackmore who had four receptions for 75 yards last season and who has bulked up to over 225 pounds.

Along the offensive line, Cody Clay signed with Fresno State after a big freshman season, but he returned when things didn't work out and will hold down the left tackles spot again this season.

Backing up Clay will be Nate Frierson while Brock Holbert holds down the right tackle spot with Andrew Feo moves outside after playing inside last season.

At guard, Taylor Bayer will hold one of the inside spots and Cal Ibanez will get some reps inside as well after playing tackle for the Hornets in 2010.

On defense, the Hornets look strong up front and at linebacker, but the secondary will be relatively young.

Along the defensive line, the top prospects are DT Melvin Lewis, DE Marcus Griffin and DE Micah Satterwhite.

All three have seen a lot of early interest from four-year schools, but things should pick up once the season gets underway and they are able to get film on them.

The linebackers will be led by Jake Houts and Hector Rico, both of whom are versatile enough to play inside or outside.

As noted earlier, the secondary will be young, but they also have some solid returning lettermen from last season.

At safety, the Hornets have three nice prospects to move through the rotation in Najee James, Travon Garrett and Xavier Marsden.

James already has quite a few schools interested and will likely see offers start to pour in with a good start to the 2012 season.

The Hornets lost six corners to graduation last season, so they will be young, but they do have an interesting prospect there in Josh Comer who is big and physical.

As far as the kicking game is concerned, the Hornets are in good hands with the likes of Jesse Aguilar handling the kicking duties and Tim Tim Hernandez at long-snapper.

The Hornet coaches have also noted that freshman P Nick O'Toole, a full-qualifier, is the best punter they have ever had there, and he will most likely be a "one and done" player.

If Fullerton can be more consistent on offense, their defense is good enough to keep them in games and they should be able to win enough games against a tough schedule to make a run at a berth in the post-season.

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