The Tigers finished 8-2 last season and lost quarterback Zack Jenkins, who’s now on the coaching staff, to graduation plus their top two running backs, Sean Gary and Jimmy Dehnke, and two of their top three receivers, Zach Culvahouse and Corey Stump.
Finding a starting quarterback to replace Jenkins will be one of the keys of camp. Juniors Quinn Cook and Tanner Clarke and sophomore Jake Kennedy are competing for the job. Kennedy completed 9 of 10 passes in three appearances last season in relief of Jenkins. Cook also saw limited action, completing 2 of 4 passes in six games.
“It’s going to be really close,” said senior wide receiver Luke Landis, who ranked second on the team last seaosn with 57 catches and nine touchdowns. “We’ve got three good guys. They’ve been here all summer, throwing at 7-on-7s.”
DeShawn Sarley and Antonio McClain are among the candidates to start at running back, Cook said. Each saw action in three games in 2015.
“There’s a lot of competition,” Cook said, “and that’s what we like to have.”
This is the 21st season for coach Joe Fincham, who is 181-41 since taking over in 1996. Landis said Fincham’s theme this season is: “Want it more.”
“We’re always going to have athletes,” Landis said. “The desire and hunger to want it more than our opponent is the biggest thing this year.”