Team Preview: American River

Over the past five years, the American River football program has slowly been building up both their talent level and their stature as well. Last season, the Beavers went undefeated and this year they plan to challenge the big boys in their quest for a state championship...

The quarterback position still needs to be sorted out since Andy McAlindon opted to sign with Louisiana Tech.

As a freshman last season, McAlindon completed over 61% of his passes for 2,875 yards, 36 touchdowns and only eight interceptions so to say the new trigger-man will have big shoes to fill is a bit of an understatement.

Whoever winds up at the helm of ARC's offensive attack, he will have RB Devontae Booker who rushed for 799 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Joey DePalma, Ference Lang and Andre Woodson all return at wide receiver, with Lang and Woodson both getting looks inside at the slot position. All three bring a different dimension to the offense and should be solid contributors this year.

Along the offensive line, the Beavers return two big lineman from last year's line in Felei Tauave and Josh Tremblay. Those two will be joined by a stud freshman qualifier in Sully Weifels who will play one of the tackle spots.

Also in the mix for playing time will be Leo Rubi and Nick Kelly as well.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Beavers will be counting on a lot of freshman, but they aren't without some experience.

DT Nick Cooper returns after posting eight tackles and three tackles-for-loss in limited reps as a freshman.

The linebackers are led by Samson Faifili who racked 62 tackles, 8.5 tackles-for-loss and 5.5 sacks from his outside linebacker spot this past season.

Faifili is a great leader and will be a team captain this fall. He has six offers already -- Iowa State, Kansas, UNC-Charlotte, Oregon State, Nevada and Hawaii -- and more could jump into the mix soon.

Kimball Niumatalolo will rotate between defensive end and linebacker and he's getting looks from Pac 12, WAC and Big 12 schools.

S Zane Petty is the leader of the secondary and a team captain. As a freshman in 2011, Petty notched 50 tackles and four interceptions.

At corner, Clifford Redmond is a lock-down corner who racked up 29 tackles and four interceptions as well.

Finally, at kicker, Bobby Reeves went 8 of 11 on the season with a long of 47 yards and he'll be a player to keep an eye on as the season progresses and four-year schools figure out whether they need a kicker or not.

The schedule lays out nicely for ARC this fall with four winnable non-conference games to start off with before a big matchup with City College of San Francisco on September 29th at home before they get started on their conference schedule.

If they can get off to a good start and figure out their quarterback situation, don't be surprised to see the Beavers getting a lot of votes in the state poll toward the end of the season.

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