2017 Team Previews: Grove City Eagles (10)
Written by: Billy Splain on Tuesday, August 8th, 2017
Todd Warner (OC), Brad Trezona (DC),
Marty Phipps, Wes Phipps,
Team Name: Grove City Eagles
2016 Record: 10-2
Key Starters Lost:
Kameron Patterson (QB),
Nick Davies (WR/DB),
A.J. Turner (TE/LB),
Cordell Sanders (RB/LB),
Jared Reppart (OL/DL),
Tyler Locktosh (OL/DL)
Offensive Starters Returning: Seniors –
Qadir Muhammad (WR),
Trey Adams (RB),
Brayden Martin (WR),
Joe Kosick (OL),
Logan Minch (OL)
Juniors – Logan Lutz (WR)
Defensive Starters Returning: Seniors –
Qadir Muhammad (DB),
Trey Adams (LB),
Brayden Martin (DB),
Joe Kosick (LB),
Logan Minch (DL)
Tyler Greer (LB),
Logan Lutz (DB)
Carter Chinn (LB),
Seth Davis (LB)
Special Team Starters Returning: Senior – Aidan Reed (K)
Junior – Carter Chinn (P)
Key Newcomers: Sr. WR/DB – Molek Walker
Sr. WR/LB – Jack Bice
Sr. OL/DL – Brad Cavolo
Sr. OL/DL – Nick Lanshcak
Jr. QB/DB – Brady Callahan
Jr. QB/LB – A.J. Miller
Jr. WR/DB – Nick Murawski
Jr. RB/LB – Julian Breese
Jr. OL/DL – Shawn Woods
So. RB/LB – Colby Nelson
So. WR/DB – Daiveon Say
Key Stats: Trey Adams (Sr. RB) returns as the team’s leading rusher with 940 yds on 186 carries, with 15 TD.
Logan Lutz (Jr. WR/Slot) returns as the team’s leading pass target with 40 catches for 691 yds and 8 TD.
Carter Chinn (Jr. LB), Qadir Muhammad (Sr. DB) and Lutz (Jr. DB) lead returning starters with 65, 57, & 56 tackles respectively. Lutz leads all returning starters with 6 forced turnovers last season (5 INT, 1 Fumb Rec).
2017 Offensive Outlook: The Eagles will look to take the next step in 2017, after falling to Meadville last season in their first return to the D10 title game since 2011. The keys offensively to this season will be filling the shoes of record-setting passer, Kameron Patterson, and his fellow seniors on the offensive line.
The early front-runners for the QB position will be juniors Brady Callahan and A.J. Miller. They will look to rely on a stable of experienced and talented Eagles returning at the skill positions, including Sr. RB Trey Adams who looks to build on a 2016 campaign in which he rushed for almost 1,000 yds. The Eagle’s signal caller will also have plenty of talented targets as Sr. Qadir Muhammad, Brayden Martin, Molek Walker and Jr. Logan Lutz all reached the end zone last year.
Paving the way up front for the Eagles will be two returning starters, Sr. Joe Kosick and Logan Minch. Looking to join the starting five will be, Sr. Brad Cavolo, Nick Lanshcak; Jr. Shawn Woods, Tim Christy, Jake Bush, Seth Davis, Ron Howard, Nick Smither, and So. Lance Craig
2017 Defensive Outlook: One of the keys to the Eagle’s resurgence in 2016 was a defense that allowed 14 or fewer points in six consecutive games. The keys to the Eagle defense this season will be finding a group of defensive lineman to play in front of an experienced and talented group of linebackers and defensive backs.
The Eagles graduated five different starters on the defensive line from last season. Returning to fortify the front will be Sr. Logan Minch and So. Lance Craig, who saw time in the starting rotation for the Eagles in 2016. Looking to help bolster the defensive front this season are Sr. Brad Cavolo, Connor Thorne, Nick Lashcak, Jr. Shawn Woods, Tim Christy, Jake Bush, Nick Smither, Ron Howard.
2017 Special Teams Outlook: The Eagles will return a group of talented specialist for 2017. The kicking duties will be carried out by Sr. K, Aidan Reed and Jr. P, Carter Chinn. The return game will be led by speedy returners, Sr. Molek Walker and Jr. Nick Murawski, who each tallied scoring strikes in the return game for the Eagles in 2016.
The biggest key to the Eagles special teams in 2017, however, will be the continued contributions of young and talented role players who commit to doing their jobs as a special teams player. The Eagles lettered over 30 players in 2016, which included a group of 1st and 2nd year players who earned their stripes on special teams.
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