Broadmoor figures to play this season with 50 to 55 players, compared to 80 or 100 for the other teams in its district.
"We play 5A football and we play in the SEC South is what I call it - EA, St. Amant, Dutchtown, Catholic High, and McKinley," said head coach Elliott Wilkins.
The good news for the Bucs on Sportsline Summer Camp is all their skill position starters return this year, except for their quarterback.
The new quarterback, 5-foot-10 DiMarco Nobles, who was playing receiver when he went up and took it away from two Walker Wildcats for a score in 7-on-7 last week. He'll only have two starting linemen back, but his runners and receivers are intact and include a couple of newcomers, Southern Lab transfer Tyler McNair and little 5-foot-7, 140-pound Maleek Mitchell, one of 25 seniors expected to provide leadership after they were just 1-and-9 a year ago.
Patrick Lee will be a senior leader on a defense which faced lots of pressure when the offense scored just 10 touchdowns in 10 weeks. Running back Dedrick Talbert missed playing against those powerful opponents but is healthy for his senior year.
"A very athletic kid. We're just trying to get him to reach his potential. If he reaches his potential, we're going to be good. He missed most of the district time last year with an ankle injury he had against Kentwood, so we're just trying to get him healthy and show him what he can do with the ball in his hand. Patrick is heady. He knows football. You tell him once and he'll remember it. He's just an overall good football player," Wilkins added.
Longtime coach Rusty Price will be in the press box this season serving as athletic director.
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