Things heard, seen at Osan American football 'Cougar Country'
Published: August 26, 2010
Osan American's football team would seem to have all the pieces in place. Plenty of beef and quickness in the line, good skills-positions players, veteran leadership and good help from the PCS plane, plus a new coach from one of south Indiana's better programs.
That's just it, though. Aaron Mundy becomes the fourth coach in four seasons for the Cougars. And even he expressed concern to me how that might set with the Cougars. Fourth new coach, fourth new philosophy, fourth new gameplan ... especially in a team sport that involves so many people on both sides of the ball, coaching continuity is a must and is, many times, lacking within a DODDS program.
Nonetheless, Mundy, late of Heritage Hills High School where one of his pupils was one Jay Cutler, seems hopeful that everything can come together quickly and the Cougars can climb back into contention for their first DODDS Korea title and first Division II title since the DODDS Pacific Far East playoffs' inception in 2005.
Holdovers Avontae Jackson, Christian Maxfield and Dominic Olivero join Seoul American transfer Brian Morton in a line that would seem to rival Cougars lines of the past. Morton's brother, Brandon, will likely reprise his quarterback role. Devin Turner and Dominique Frazier will likely populate the backfield; Brandon Morton has holdover Dominique Williams and freshman tight end Michael Benson as potential targets.
"Our potential is incredible," Mundy said.
The Cougars open their season at home on Sept. 11 against Kubasaki of Okinawa, the first time these schools will meet on the gridiron.