Bloomingdale looks to make strides in the passing game and on the ground this season to take some of the load off its solid defense.
By JARRETT GUTHRIE
Published August 25, 2006
BLOOMINGDALE - In a seemingly perpetual quest for its first winning season, Bloomingdale will rely on the option offense with an aggressive running approach and strong, experienced defense to improve on last season's 4-6 record.
Coach Corey Brinson said that having four members of last season's offensive line should add experience and focus to the blocking aspects.
Brinson said the offense's biggest goal will have to be controlling the clock and limiting mistakes.
"We are getting a number of guys back with game experience," Brinson said. "We struggled at times last year on offense but I think we have a cast of kids we have this year that are refocused and are dedicated to this program."
Through the Air: Shane Geyer, who gets the nod under center, made a few starts as a sophomore last season due to a suspension, finishing 6-for-13 for 185 yards and three touchdown passes. Of more significance than his arm, however, will be how effectively he manages Brinson's triple-option offense.
On the Ground: Brinson said the Bulls will look to several young players to carry the ball. Brinson said he was still evaluating players and would continue to do so in preseason workouts.
"We are going to have a bunch of young guys in the backfield," Brinson said.
On Defense: Brinson has confidence in the Bulls' defensive strength.
The linebacker corps will feature D'Marcus Reid on the outside and senior Ryan Angel, a converted defensive lineman, in the middle. Brinson said Angel has done a good job in offseason conditioning.
Angel and Reid must replace last season's top linebacker, Deonte Franklin.
"(Angel) played defensive line last year and now we are moving him to middle linebacker," Brinson said. "He toned up a lot in the offseason, training in the weight room and conditioning twice a day."
Brinson said along with returning three of four defensive linemen from last season, the team also will have experience with two returning members of the secondary. Jahmaal Jones returns at safety and Nick Vorhees is back at defensive back.