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Monday, July 31, 2017

Grand Blanc Bobcats 2017 Football Preview




City / County:  Grand Blanc / Genesee
School Mascot Name: Bobcats
2016 Record: 5-5
Conference/Division: KLAA Gold
2017's Expected Division for Playoffs: Division 1
Record last 3 seasons:  14-14
Record last 5 seasons:  27-22
Record last 10 seasons: 61-40

Head Coach: Clint Alexander
Head Coaching Experience:  First Season
Assistant Coaching Staff:
Director of Football Operations – Craig Blandford
Strength and Conditioning Coach – Joe Degain
Offensive Coordinator – Craig Rabidoux
Running Game Coordinator – Pat Dochenetz
Defensive Coordinator – Clint Alexander
Offensive Line – Pat Dochenetz
Tight Ends – Craig Rabidoux
Quarterbacks – Joe Lajewski
Running backs – Kendall Gaskins
Receivers – Tom Webber
Defensive Line – Mario Williams
Outside Linebackers – Chuck Schramm
Inside Linebackers – Clint Alexander
Defensive backs – Patrick Moore
Captains:
Joel Linden Sr Center 6'3 292 / Leonard Henry Jr Linebacker 6'4 216
Returning Starters on Offense: 2
Returning Starters on Defense: 2
Returning Key Players:
10 Leonard Henry 6’4 216 ILB Jr
11 Jace Parrish 6’1 182 DB Sr
71 Joel Linden 6’3 292 OL Sr
74 Aidan Martini 6’6 228 OL/LS
38 Tim Hayden 6’0 152 K Sr
Upcoming Players:
Players who were starters who were injured in camp last year or the first game.
2 Jayson Haralson 5’10 171 DB Sr
3 Carter Merrell 5’10 174 FL Sr
4 Alex Zaliagiris 5’11 171 WR Sr
17 Nick Flores 6’0 202 ILB Sr

Players who played in a limited role.
6 Donald Johnson 5’8 158 FL Sr
7 Ryder Brotebeck 5’10 194   QB Jr
8 Thomas Allen 6’0 166 DB Sr
9 Nicholas Erlenbeck   5’11 165   WR Jr
16 Ethan Aspberger 5’11 176 WR Jr
48 Kendall Green 5’10 236 FB/DL Sr
51 Donovan Gregory 6’0 226    ILB/DL Sr
54 Khalen Parker 6’1 218 OLB Sr
58 Drew McCullough 6’1 221   OL/OLB Sr
59 River Langford 6’3 202 OLB
90 Ja’Tavion Haymer 6’2 303 DL Sr
55 Jarrett Short         6’3 227   OL / DE Jr

New players to the program.
5 Colton Alexander 6’2 181 QB Jr
12 Aareon Broughton 6’3 211 OLB
20 Luke Bogan 5’8 152   FL Jr
21 Myles McNeal 5’9 154 RB/DB Soph
27 Kortez Toles 6’3 182 DB Jr
29 Kentrell Ware Jr 5’8 188 RB Sr
72 Chris Kipp 6’2 217 OL Soph
73 Brian Jones 6’3 238 OL Jr
84 Mark Wallace II 6’0 167 WR Sr
85 Mark Miller 6’4 201 WR Soph
87 Cameron Cyborowski 6’5 227 TE Sr
88 Mitchell Baggett 6’3 217 TE Sr
89 Cedric Givens 6’4 221  TE Jr
56 Connor Belcher 6’4 182 ILB Jr
Team Strength(s) for 2017:
We currently have 88 players on our varsity roster. This added depth should be a big help this season. Our kicking game should be strong behind senior kicker Tim Hayden and Jr Punter Colton Alexander.
Biggest Shoes / Holes to Fill in 2017:
Blake Bogan was Mr. Everything for the Bobcats last season. His loss will be felt in all three phases of the program. We also lost a starting QB and three offensive linemen.
2017 Season Outlook:
I am excited to see how fast we can learn and embrace the changes we will install during fall practice. We are excited and optimistic that we can have a successful season in my first year at Grand Blanc High School.
Outlook on Conference/Division:
This is Grand Blanc's last season in the KLAA so all the games will be major events. Being away from Michigan high school football since 2004 I am not as clear to which programs are consistently the strongest. I do know that Canton was outstanding when I coached at Northville in 2004 and they seem to still be there as the team to beat.

- 2013 Grand Blanc preview




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