By STARS AND STRIPES Published: August 21, 2018
Nile C. Kinnick Red Devils
2017 season record — 8-1 overall, 370 points for, 84 points against. Lost Far East D-I title game 23-22 against Kadena.
Head coach — Dan Joley, ninth season. Overall record 36-34, DODEA-Japan titles in 2013, 2014 and 2016-17; Kanto Plain title in 2016-17.
Returning players — 17.
Returning starters — 10.
Key performers — Patrick Kelly, Jr., QB; Marcus Marion, So., RB-LB (transferred from Arkansas); Treyvion Morton, Sr., RB-CB (transferred from Tennessee); Cameron Joley, Sr., OL-DL; Connor Joley, Sr., OL-LB; Jacob Loffreda, Sr., OL-DL; Chris Mason, Sr., OL-DL; Kemal Newton, Sr., OL-DL; Chris Watson, So., WR-DB; Hadyn Guiste, Sr., WR-S; Zach Kornegay, Sr., WR.
Strengths — Experience at most positions, particularly on both sides of the interior. Good senior core.
Drawbacks — If there is any, most of the skills-positions players are new starters.
Overview — Contending. Putting the heartbreak of last October’s D-I title loss doesn’t seem an issue with this crew. A solid favorite to repeat their DODEA-Japan and Kanto Plain titles and possibly reach their second straight D-I title game.