By STARS AND STRIPES Published: August 31, 2017
2016 season record — 7-1 overall. Led Pacific in scoring defense during regular season, 6 points allowed per game.
Head coach — Steve Elliott, second season.
Returning players — 16.
Returning starters — 8.
Key performers — Owen Williams, Sr., TE-WR-FS (498 yards, 4 TDs, 21 catches; team-leading 76 tackles, 3 INT 2016 regular season); Miles Brice, Jr., QB (329 yards, 4 TDs, 40 carries, 50 tackles); David Key, So., FB-DL (171 yards, 3 TDs, 25 carries; 26 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 INT); Christian Franco, Sr., OL-DL; WR; Cris Carlos, Sr., LB (24 tackles, 12 sacks); Josh Weaver, Jr., RB; Jared McKean, Sr., OT (transferred from Texas).
Strengths — Experience at all positions, size in interior.
Drawbacks — Few to speak of; perhaps lack of depth at some spots. Losing scheduled games to postponement or cancellations hurts.
Overview — Contending. Assuming no significant injuries thin the ranks, if the pieces all fall together and the defense repeats is performance of last season, hosting the D-II title game Oct. 28 may be in the cards.