By STARS AND STRIPES Published: August 22, 2017
Nile C. Kinnick Red Devils
2016 season record — 5-2 overall, won DODEA-Japan title, won Kanto Plain title.
Head coach — Dan Joley, eighth season. Overall record 28-33.
Returning players — 20.
Returning starters — 13.
Key performers — Kacey Walker, Sr., QB; Harry Cheng, Sr., RB-LB; Darius Swenson, Sr., LB; Devoney Stanley, Sr., WR; Cameron Joley, Jr., C; Connor Joley, Jr., G; Jacob Castro, Sr., LB; Kameron Leon Guerrero, Sr., G-DE; Mason Smith, Sr., LB; Chris Watson, Fr., WR; Bryan Hunt, Sr., WR-DB; Aaron Peterson, Sr., RB-slot; Vincent Boyer, Sr., WR-DE.
Strengths — Experience at most positions, particularly skills positions, good senior core.
Drawbacks — Inexperience on the line.
Overview — Contending, but as always, things have to fall together. Kinnick appears to be a solid favorite on paper. But the Red Devils need to end their Okinawa jinx if they are to have a shot at their first D-I title.