Team Preview: Lackawanna

Lackawanna finished 2011 with a 7-4 record and had several top prospects sign with four-year schools following the season. This year the Falcons are once again loaded with talented players and today, we at take a look at some of the young men that head coach Mark Duda and the rest of his staff will be counting on to take them back to the top of the Northeast Football Conference...

The quarterback position will be held down by sophomore Davonta Farrell who, as a freshman last fall, completed less than 50% of his passes, but still managed to throw for 1,426 yards, 18 touchdowns and seven interceptions while rushing for nearly 300 yards and five more scores.

Farrell informed that he has been working very hard on his accuracy and decision-making this summer nad hopes for a much better sophomore campaign.

When Farrell drops back to pass, he will have a legit D-1 prospect to tartet in Kevin White who is big (6'4, 210) and very physical. He has good speed and strong hands, so he could easily start to see a lot of recruiting attention once the season gets underway and he can show four-year schools what he has to offer.

The tailback duties will initially fall to Dom Timbers who carried the ball sparingly as a freshman in 2011. He is a compact runner with good quickness, but expect him to be pushed by several solid freshman tailbacks who signed with the Falcons in the spring.

While there are some questions at tailback, whoever carries the rock should find ample running room with the big behemoths that he has blocking for him.

The Falcons are led by the likes of West Virginia bounceback Marquis Wallace who already has offers from East Carolina, Houston, Kansas and Pittsburgh among others. Wallace will play tackle for the Falcons, but he can play four of the five line positions and do it very well.

The other tackle spot will be Jarrell Broxton who is huge (6'5", 320) and very athletic.

Also in the mix for playing time along the line are Andrew Eduord, who will start at one of the inside spots and Vincent Bolen who can play inside or outside.

On defense, the Falcons have plenty of talent sprinkled throughout their lineup.

Along the offensive line, the coaches are ecstatic about what lies ahead with the likes of Steve Finley and Christian Martinez at the tackle spots and with Felix Small and Tedroy Lynch flying off the edge to make plays.

Finley, Martinez and Small all saw reps in the rotation last year and are expected to attract a lot of attention from four-year schools this year.

Because their linebacker are on the younger side, the Falcons have to be happy that Garth Lakitsky returns at middle linebacker. He is big and physical and very smart, posting 36 tackles and one sack as a freshman sub last fall.

In the secondary, the Falcons have two solid corners is Quamane Bryant and Imir Sanders. Sanders is super-physical and the coaches think he could be pretty special.

The safety spots are still up for grabs, but Lackawanna always seems to find the right guys to plug into their system.

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