But the second-year coach won't have to look far.
"We lost several good football players, but we have several good football players returning. We have a very exciting freshman class that will be chomping at the bit to contribute," he said. "We feel our depth is better than it has been in quite some time. Our players and coaches believe we will be a force in the conference this year."
Pre-season first-team All-American tight end Bryan Smith, quarterback John Weed, offensive lineman Kevaughn Brown and wide receiver Johnny Knox give the Apaches an experienced returning foundation on which to build.
"Smith is a definite threat as a receiver and is a knowledgeable player with good instincts," Chritchlow said of the 6-foot-3, 240-pound Marble Falls product who caught 15-182-4 last season.
Weed (6-4, 208) from Cypress Creek in Houston, came on strong (47-82-579-5-0) as the Apaches salvaged a 4-5 finish.
Knox, redshirt sophomore Keithan Robinson, redshirt freshman Anthony Swain, and freshmen double-signees Jason Teague (LSU) and Justin Robertson (Iowa State) form a promising receiving armada.
Defensive end Paul Briscoe of Dickinson is the only returning starter among the front four, but the Apaches have good reason to be excited with three freshmen tackles who started in the Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star Game. The game's Defensive MVP, Broderick Marshall (6-5, 290) of Austin McCallum, plus Deer Park native Victor Olvera (6-0, 270) and Sherman's DeAnthony Chamberlain (6-3, 265) cause some of that enthusiasm. Marshall caused two fumbles, blocked an extra point, and tipped an interception to himself during the August 1 game at Darrell K. Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin.
Sophomore linebacker Courtney Lane from North Shore and Anquanious Frazier are other returning defensive starters
Here's a thumbnail outlook on the 2006 Tyler Apaches, predicted as runners-up by SWJCFC coaches.
TEAM: Tyler Apaches
COLORS: Black and Gold
HOME FIELD: Trinity Mother Frances - Rose Stadium (14,000)
HEAD COACH: Jamie Critchlow (2nd year)
ASSISTANT COACHES: Maurea Crain (DC / LB); Ryan Mahon (QB / WR); Zac Bryant (OL / RC); Tommy Harvell (DL); Jason Lumpkin (DB)
2005 SEASON RECORD: 4-5
2005 CONFERENCE RECORD: 2-4
POSITION IN STANDINGS: Tied for 5th
BOWL GAMES: None
NJCAA 2005 FINAL RANKING: None
BASIC OFFENSE: Multiple
BASIC DEFENSE: 4-3
MOVING ON: Shannon Boatman (OL, Florida State); Gerard Lewis (DB, Hawaii); Michael McDonald (DL, Purdue) Joe Castle (DL, SW Oklahoma State); Joseph Hankins (FB, Angelo State); Luke Lamipetti (OL, Texas A&M Commerce); Wazir Maolud (DB, Midwestern State); Jon Miller (OL, Texas A&M Commerce); Travis Reynolds (TE, Texas A&M Kingsville); Demarcus Robinson (DB, Abilene Christian); Corey Roberts (DL, East Central OK University); Eddie Walton (DL, SW Oklahoma State); Robert Wells (WR, Midwestern State); Troy Young (DB, Winona State (MN)
RETURNING: Anthony Swain (6-1, 195, WR, Manor); Izale Williams (5-8, 163, RB, Dallas Hillcrest); Christian Dorsey (6-3, 180, WR, LaGrange, La.); John Weed (6-4, 195, QB, Cypress); Adrian Sierra (6-0, 170, DB, Austin); Courtney Lane (5-10, 200, LB-DB, Galena Park North Shore); Anquanius 'Huggy' Frazier (6-0, 180, DB, Daingerfield); Corey Sanders (5-10, 175, DB, Texarkana); Charlie Glenn (5-9, 155, DB, Seagoville); Tarkpor Willie (5-11, 190, DB, Dallas); Dionte Dean (6-0, 170, WR, Lancaster); Brian Powdrill (5-8, 165, Db, Beaumont); Jerome Stinson (5-10, 230, LB, Houston); Paul Briscoe (6-4, 230, DE, Dickinson); Kyle Jensen (6-6, 255, OL, Sweethome Ore.); Chaz Kuikahi (5-10, 220, LB, Gilmer); Jake King (5-10, 145, PK, Glendale); Jeremy Winters (6-1, 255, DL,. Dayton); Derek Johnson (6-1, 255, OL, Beaumont); Craig Vervalin (6-3, 255, OL, Spring); Kevaughn Brown (6-3, 255, DL, Port Arthur), Josh Lovan (6-3, 255, OL, Carrollton), Steven Carroll (6-5, 255, OL, Monroe, La.); Brad Christopher (6-8, 255, OL, Richland Hills); Cameron Gaddis (6-5, 255, OL, Tyler); Keithan Robinson (6-5, 185, WR, Missouri City); Nick Peoples (6-3, 240, TE, Texarkana, Ark.); Chris Koehler (6-3, 240, TE, Little Rock, Ark.); Johnny Knox (6-1, 163, WR, Channelview); Bryan Smith (6-3, 250, TE, Marble Falls), Kameron Young (6-5, 255, OL, Pflugerville); Antwan Dyer (5-11, 195, LB, Houston); Ryan Singleton (6-3, 255, DL, Lancaster); Demetrius Smith. (6-4, 215, DL, Seguin).
RETURNING OFFENSIVE STARTERS: 3
RETURNING DEFENSIVE STARTERS: 3
NJCAA PRE-SEASON ALL-AMERICANS: Bryan Smith (6-3, 240, TE) -- 1st Team; John Weed (QB); Kevaughn Brown (OL); Paul Briscoe (DE); Courtney Lane (LB); Anquanius ‘Huggy' Frazier (DB) -- All Honorable Mentions.
TOP TRANSFERS: Jim Reuber (6-4, 238, TE-WR, Plano West / Tr-Kansas, Santa Monica JC); Marcus Applewhite (6-1, 175, DB, South Garland / Tr-Texas State); Ryan Roget ( 6-4, 290, OT, Arlington Grace Prep / Tr-Louisiana-Monroe)
TOP FRESHMAN SIGNEES: Steven Carr (6-1, 220, LB, Dallas Hillcrest);
Jerald Celestine (6-2, 210, DE, LaMarque); Drew Chasney (6-2, 290, OL, Mesquite
Horn); Marshall Ekwuruke (5-10, 180, RB, Tyler Chapel Hill); Cammeron Hackney
(6-3, 250, HB, Jacksonville); Deymone Hogg (6-3, 220, DL, Denton Ryan); Maurice
Macarthur (6-2, 280, DT, Conroe); Chris McDougald (5-10, 210, LB, Kingswood);
Maxie Major (6-2, 195, RB, Conroe); Broderick Marshall (6-4, 288, DL, Austin
McCallum); Demarcus Perkins (5-11, 190, DB, Grand Prairie); Robert Ramirez (6-3,
285, OL, Galena Park North Shore); Michael Ridge (5-10, 180, WR, Spring
Westfield); Ryan Riggins (6-6, 310, OL, Galena Park North Shore); Kyle Roget
(6-3, 230, LB, Arlington Grace Prep); Steven Schwark (6-2, 190, QB, Mesquite
Horn); Daniel Seahorn (6-3, 275, OL, Jersey Village); Donte Sloan (5-11, 210, RB,
Garland); James Spady (5-11, 175, DB, Spring Westfield); Stanley Stearnes (6-3,
235, LB, Dallas Spruce); Fonda White (6-5, 250, TE, San Antonio Marshall);
Wayland Whitlock (6-3, 190, WR, Eustace); Jamarcus Williams (6-0, 185, DB,
Hallsville); Josh Zamora (6-0, 200, LB, Mansfield Summit); DeAnthony Chamberlain
(6-2, 270, DT, Sherman); Josh Goates (6-2, 220, Katy Cinco Ranch); Malcolm Smith
(6-3, 220, DE, Trinidad); Victor Olvera (6-0, 270, DT, Deer Park); Patrick Turner (LB, Houston Madison); Jason Teague (6-3, 190, DB, Carthage); George Pierson (6-0, 180, K, Arlington, Va. / Tr-Hargrave Military Academy); Beau
Champagne (6-0, 170, RB, Mabank), Cliff Perdue (6-1, 215, P, Jacksonville), K.P.
Tatum (5-10, 171, CB, Hurst L.D. Bell); Joseph Arce (6-2, 270, DL, Carrollton
Creekview); Wise Cilumba (5-9, 190, Ath, Keller Fossil Ridge), Justin Robertson
(6-4, 190, DB, Port Arthur Memorial), Robert Pack III.
DATE OPPONENT TIME
August 19 -- Scrimmage: Ranger 3 p.m.
Aug ust 26 -- at Hutchinson CC, Ks. 7 p.m.
September 2 -- Trinity Valley 7 p.m.
September 9 -- at Kilgore 7 p.m.
September 16 -- at Cisco * 7 p.m.
September 23 -- Navarro * 7 p.m.
September 30 -- at Blinn * 3 p.m.
October 7 -- Kilgore * 3 p.m.
October 14 -- Open Date
October 21 -- at Trinity Valley * 3 p.m.
October 28 -- Northeastern Oklahoma A&M * + 2 p.m.
Scrimmage at Pat Hartley Field, TJC
* Denotes SWJCFC Game
+ Denotes Homecoming