The Brusly Panthers return Jason Holliday and Zavian Bell but not much else in the way of experience.
With Holliday at quarterback and Bell at tailback, the Panthers have two ready-made experienced go-to guys to be play-makers. However, the youth on defense got exposed giving up some big play scores, and even up front there are challenges.
In the scrimmage with McKinley, the defense showed some resolve after getting burned for back-to-back 70-yard touchdowns.
A young secondary and slopping tackling had been the Achilles, but in 7-on-7 this summer the defensive backs started growing up.
Head coach Marc Brown said Holliday made lots of progress too, but that was without interior linemen, all positions where they're basically starting over from scratch.
"The offensive line with two freshmen. The center's a freshman. The right guard is a freshman. We also have two other sophomores that haven't played on the o-line," Brown said. "It's the same in the secondary. A lot of sophomores. Deandre Brown is a junior, but he has not played since his freshman year. So we have a lot of young players."
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