By STARS AND STRIPES Published: August 29, 2018
2017 season record — 6-1 overall, 224 points for, 67 points against. Led Pacific in scoring defense for second straight season, 9.6 points allowed per game.
Head coach — Steve Elliott, third season.
Returning players — 12.
Returning starters — 7.
Key performers (all statistics regular season) — Miles Brice, Sr., QB (49-for-120, 1,031 yards, 13 TDs, 10 INTs; 270 yards, 2 TDs, 31 carries); David Key, Jr., FB-DL (622 yards, 5 TDs, 62 carries; 42 tackles, 6 for loss, 2 fumble recoveries); Christian Franco, Sr., RT-DE (33 tackles, 3 for loss); Sh’Voda Gregory Jr., Jr., WR-CB-KR (283 yards, 4 TDs, 8 catches; 52 tackles, 12 passes defended, 2 INTs, 4 fumble recoveries); Brent Carver, Sr., RB-LB (transferred from Seoul American); David Van Vechten, Sr., PK-P.
Strengths — Speed, talent, experience at skills positions.
Drawbacks — Not much interior size or depth; handling the promotion to Division I.
Overview — Reloading-contending. This is certainly the largest team the Blackhawks have ever fielded, 43 players at Tuesday’s practice. Veterans dot the lineup in all facets. How will they deal with facing large schools instead of small schools? They find out quite soon when last year’s runner-up Nile C. Kinnick comes calling Sept. 15.