Over the next couple weeks we will take you inside training camp of your favorite Delco team. For full reports on every team, make sure to check out our annual football preview guide, due out Aug. 30.
1. New cast of characters
It’s not rare to see a team undergo significant turnover at key positions. Academy Park, coming off its best season in school history, is going through those growing pains this year.
Gone are All-Delco standouts Mark Doe (RB/SS/AP) and Jeremiah Lowery (OL/DL), both of whom are playing football in college this fall. Other big pieces like OL/DL/LB Matt Ruggear and TE Eddie Towah also graduated.
Coach Jason Vosheski isn’t calling this a rebuilding year. He’s been impressed by what he’s seen in camp and admitted that his inexperienced team is further ahead than he anticipated.
“I just don’t know how good we’ll be,” he said.
2. Riding on Street
Tyler Street is back behind center for the Knights after a junior season in which he displayed a lot of ability. He came on strong late in the year and was a rock steady in clutch situations.
Street has grown into the vocal leader Vosheski has long hoped for from the quarterback position. In fact, Street is Vosheski’s first second-year starting quarterback in eight years as head coach.
3. Open audition at running back
Doe, Demetre Carter and Caleeh Jeffrey combined for 2,048 yards a rushing yards in 2011. That’s 2,048 yards the Knights will have to make up for somehow.
There are four or five running backs in camp vying for the No. 1 position, according to Vosheski.
Vosheski isn’t keen on the idea of a by-committee rushing attack. The hope is that someone steps up and takes the No. 1 job.
Biggest Strength: Speed, speed, and more speed. Vosheski said it’s the quickest team he’s had.
Biggest Question: Will inexperience keep the Knights down? It’s difficult to believe they’ll 5-1 on the road again, but you can’t count out Academy Park anymore. The players that are back know what it takes to win big games. That’s important.