By STARS AND STRIPES Published: August 28, 2019
Nile C. Kinnick Red Devils
2018 season record — 8-0 overall. Won Far East D-I title game 38-20 Nov. 10 against Kadena.
Head coach — Dan Joley, 10th season. Overall record 44-34, DODEA-Japan titles in 2013, 2014 and 2016-18; Kanto Plain title in 2016-18.
Returning players — 9.
Returning starters — 6.
Key performers — Patrick Kelly, Sr., QB; Gabriel Stravers, Jr., LB-WR-RB; Daniel Burke, Sr., PK-WR; Ryo Nishiyama, So., WR; Kou Nishiyama, So., WR; Jamari Jackson, So., WR; Marcellus Harris, Sr., OL-DL; Kaleb Leon Guerrero, So., OL-DL; Jayse Melo, Sr., OL-DL; Brandon Kidd, Jr., OL-DL (both transferred from Radford HS in Hawaii).
Strengths — Strong experience and leadership at quarterback. Good new players stepping in for those who departed. A plethora of new receivers, in particular, and some solid running backs.
Drawbacks — If there is any, it would be ensuring the line, comprised of some players new to Red Devil country, develop chemistry. Can the new faces replace the ones now gone? Schedule much tougher with six Division I opponents, instead of four last season.
Overview — Reloading-contending. Graduation and transfers claimed most of last season’s starting lineup, but the cupboard is far from bare, thanks partly to transfers but also to players who saw playing time last season stepping up.
Also — Stravers is the second in the family to don Kinnick red and white; Aaron Stravers played for the Red Devils, and also for Kubasaki, earlier in the decade. Their father, Jason, a retired Marine, is a Kinnick assistant coach.