Row 1: (left to right) Heather Lochtozski, Kylie Myers, Jalil Dolton, Eddie Chavez, Deandre Gates, Michael Egbert, Tyler Wolf, Cole Amor, Dylan Starks, Drew Starks, Shanquise Mills, Chris Mack, Kaylee Royster, Lexi Lindenberger. Row 2: Iesha Bulger, McKenna Pettiford, Kyle Lamalie, Rakim Davis, Nick Streaker, Matthew Egbert, Nate Otermat, Tyler Lynch, Oakley Contreras, Jacob Luc, Dmitre Aaron, Kennedi Weltin, Kristen Mills, Bridget Mills. Row 3: Cory Montgomery, Tyler Tran, Zach Hoffman, Blake Moyer, Alec Foos, Dylan Jagodzinski, Nate Zucker, Zane Cox, Mike Muffler. Row 4: Peyton Geary, William Renfro, Kaleb Cogar, Devin Benson, Jarvis Jones, Trey Grine, Hunter Trautwein, Jabree Lather, Jason Stout. Row 5: Allyson Lagrou, Mikeisha Ford, Tanner Albert, Stefon Johnson, Ben Root, Devante Daniels, Jalen Slick, Patrick Rusher, Tray Richardson, Matt Brunner, Emily Guggisberg, Taylor VonEitzen. Row 6: Jacob Fry, Seth Curl, Javon McDonald, Alonzo McGhee, Matthew Robles, Alec Carnicom, Austin Shiets Bryce Moreno. Row 7: Aisha Beton, Kylie Mears, Rashonda Brown, Kelsey Contreras, Ivan Franks, Rico Puente, Derek Fuller, Garrett Hausman, Calib Ottney, Marlee Kane, Kasey Hellman, Alexandra Kadlubowski, Autumn Talbert. Row 8: Allyson Brown, Lanasia Chavez, Jersie Simms, Sabrina Gutierrez, Meaghan Peicott. Row 9: Joe Hershey, John Aldridge, Jim Kettner, Nick Wolf, Dick Kidwell, Derek Kidwell (head coach), Greg Vassar, Jeff McNutt, Jon Ottney, Brad Woleslagel, Mike Lento, John Groth.
Last season: 5-5, 2-5 TRAC
Returning letter winners: 16
Returning starters: Offense 5, defense 8
Schemes: Pro-I/3-4 and 4-4
Top players: Seniors Tyler Wolf, 6-0, 180, QB; Drew Starks, 6-1, 165, WR-DB; Dylan Starks, 6-1, 180, WR-DB; Mike Egbert, 5-10, 190, LB. Juniors Jabree Lather, 5-8, 175, RB; Hunter Trautwein, 6-2, 235, DE.
Outlook: The Little Giants opened 3-0 in nonleague play last season before dropping a tough overtime game in their TRAC debut to visiting St. John's. That defeat, plus a rash of injuries, derailed the Giants' title chances. This season, third-year starter Wolf (899 passing yards, 521 rushing yards, 13 TDs scored), Lather (1,082 rushing yards), and the Starks twins make a formidable skill-position quartet on offense.
But they must operate behind some inexperienced line personnel up front. Depth at the linebacker spot is a question mark, although Ross has an otherwise experienced defensive corps.
The Little Giants were picked to finish fifth in the TRAC.
"If we stay healthy we could be very good," Kidwell said. "We've got some great skill players coming back."
2012 FREMONT ROSS SCHEDULE
Aug. 31-at Brecksville-Broadview Heights
Sep. 7-at Pickerington North
Sep. 14-at St. John's
Sep. 21-Lima Senior
Sep. 28-Central Catholic
Oct. 5-St. Francis at UT