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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Dakota Cougars 2017 Football Preview





City / County:  Macomb Twp. / Macomb
School Mascot Name:  Cougars
2016 Record: 7-4
Conference/Division: MAC Red
2017's Expected Division for Playoffs: Division 1
Record last 3 seasons: 24-10
Record last 5 seasons: 45-13
Record last 10 seasons: 92-25

Head Coach: Greg Baur
Head Coaching Experience: 2nd season as Head Coach, 12th at Dakota, 27th overall
Assistant Coaching Staff:
Paul Tocco - Defensive backs/ Special Teams
Matt Carley - Defensive Line / Special Teams
Mike Benavides - Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers
Mike Carr - Quarterbacks / Running Backs
Angelo Plouffe - Offensive Line
Greg Gay - Receivers
Jim Light - Quality Control / Video Coordinator
Joe Andary - Special assistant
Captains: TBD
Returning Starters on Offense: 5
Returning Starters on Defense: 4
Returning Key Players:
Jeron Kelley - WR - 2018
Patrick Donovan - OL - 2018
LJ Hassell - LB - 2018
Jason Ribbentrop - OL - 2018
Nick Audia - DL/TE - 2018
Dawson Sloan - RB - 2018
Ronye Walker - WR - 2018
Brady Zarschler - K - 2020
Upcoming Players:
Mark Tocco - QB - 2019
Dustin Solomon - RB/DB - 2019
Jeremiah Major - OL/DL - 2019
Riley Orlando - OL/DL - 2019
Brendan Miesch - DL - 2018
Ross Lewalski - WR - 2019
Brandon Michalak - WR - 2019
Alex Chang - DB - 2018
Tyler Mahfet - DB - 2018
Qur'an Rozier - DB - 2018
Zach Wilson - DB - 2018
Pat Merolla - DB - 2019
Jared Rapin - RB/LB - 2020
Team Strength(s) for 2017:
Skilled positions, Kicking game, Work ethic
Biggest Shoes / Holes to Fill in 2017:
Jalen Hall, Kaiser Carleton, Evan Sivec, Brett Droski, Nick Carl, Coty Bastian
2017 Season Outlook:
Looking forward to competing for a MAC Red Championship, and qualifying for the playoffs for our 17th straight season
Outlook on Conference/Division:
Our division is the toughest in the state of Michigan. Top to bottom we have quality teams, players, and coaches.

- 2016 Dakota preview
- 2014 Dakota preview
- 2013 Dakota preview



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