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2010 QUESTION MARKS ABOUND; JACKETS READY TO ANSWER
Throughout this off-season, a number of Denison football fans have asked me what kind of team I think the Yellow Jackets will put on the field this fall.
After watching last weekend’s lone pre-season scrimmage against Rockwall, I've got to admit that I still have a problem knowing how to respond.
Why? Because I know that on paper, the Jackets would seem to be weakened heading into the 2010 campaign.
The loss of such veteran all-star players as D.J. Jones, Jordan Taylor, Jimmay Mundine, Kyle Galyon, Cody Reeves, and Corbin Boettger is a tough pill to swallow after a 25-3 two-year run and a slew of record setting offensive and defensive performances along the way.
With only a very small handful of starters returning, it would seem that Denison will have trouble duplicating the two-year run of district titles and playoff success that saw the Jackets go 12-1 in 2008 and 13-2 in 2009.
But in Jacketland, yearly expectations are always lofty.
That, of course, is thanks to a quarter century of pigskin success built from the ground up by head coaches Marty Criswell, Bob Brown and, most recently, Cody White.
Such success includes more than a dozen district championships, a Class 4A state title, three state runner-up finishes, two quarter-final appearances and last year's state semi-final run.
Put simply, when it comes to football in Denison, the Jackets never seem to rebuild.
They just seem to reload.
Call me crazy, but after watching the Jackets in spring practice, fall two-a-days, and talking with a number of coaches, I think that 2010 has a very good chance to be simply another year of reloading.
With a very solid offensive line, surprising backfield talent and a hard-hitting and aggressive defense, I'm cautiously optimistic that Denison will surprise a number of observers this year.
A look at the upcoming schedule shows two supreme challenges looming with highly regarded Belle Glade Central (Florida) on Sept. 11 in the Metroplex and with District 13-4A pre-season favorite Texarkana Texas High on Oct. 1 in Denison.
Aside from those two exceedingly difficult games, additional challenges loom against Frisco Liberty on Sept. 3 in Denison, at district foe Sulphur Springs on Sept. 24 and at home against district rival Sherman on Oct. 22.
And don't overlook the season opener against Kennedale on Aug. 27 at Munson Stadium. The Wildcats have been very successful in Class 3A in recent years and run the Wing-T formation to virtual perfection, so this will be a tough challenge for Denison, too.
Add it all up and my best-guess prediction for the Jackets in 2010 is a 7-3 regular season campaign and a playoff appearance that could last at least a couple of rounds.
Throw in a little luck, early season success, an offense that matures quickly and a team that stays relatively healthy and that prognostication could go up to 8-2 for the regular season.
In a year where plenty of question marks abound heading into the 2010 season, answers like that from the Jackets would bring another supply of regular season and post-season smiles to the faces of Denison fans.
Because around here, a true rebuilding effort is a rarity.
And reloading is simply the Yellow Jackets way.