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. Meet the new running backs
Head coach Kevin Clancy has the uncanny ability to produce prolific running back after prolific running back, usually in pairs. It’s a feed-forward mechanism of his program’s success: They blow out teams, getting young players valuable experience that readies them for the spotlight so that when it’s their turns, they blow out teams, and so on. This year’s candidates: Tevon Howie (64 carries, 470 yards, 6 TDs in 2011) and Mike Moschella (11-71-1). A name to watch for the future is speedster Anthony Myers, who though just a sophomore, has a running style that bears a striking resemblance to graduated 1,000-yard back and All-Delco James Griffin.
2. A passing fad
There’s good news and bad news in the passing game. The good news is that quarterback Kevin Mohollen returns with a year under his belt and a cannon for an arm. The bad news is that the targets are limited. With the transfer of Wellington Zaza to Garnet Valley, the only player on the roster with a scholastic reception is Howie (three catches for 56 yards last year). Kevin Sherry has moved from guard to tight end – where he’ll still do a lot of run blocking – and John Fender will be a primary target as a tight end/slot receiver to remedy the issue. But the threat of vertically stretching the field with the speedster Zaza isn’t immediately replaceable.
3. Losses on the line
The graduation of the likes of All-Delco P.J. Plummer and stalwarts like Drew Platt from the line leave holes to be filled. Luckily, the Panthers have some bigs to fill the gaps on both sides of the ball. Henry Barnett, his Clay Matthews haircut and all, will play a role, as will youngsters like Brady Logan and Eric Legett.