FROM LEFT: Row 1: Dominique King, Steve Duby, Jake Dillabaugh, Cole Dietrich, Ed Bombrys, Nick McClellan, Mustafa Nasir-Deen, John Farina, Alex Schrinel, Andrew Schultz, Nick Grzegorzewski Row 2: Ty Valentine, Joe Craley, Zach Graven, Kaleb Ash, Jordan Spellis, Joe Szymanski, Luke Junga, Tom Henry, Sean McGovern, Joe Bradfield Row 3: Player unidentified, Ben Huner, Miles Bishop, Connor Friend, Brandon Simms, Zack Scarbrough, Dakota Yeary, Chad Neipp, Evan Goyetche, Jim Spychala Row 4: Parker Henry, Adam Grimes, Dakota Wittenmyer, Matt Young, Steve Klocko.
THE BLADE/KATIE RAUSCH
Coach: John Boles, 15th season
Last season: 7-3, 5-2 NLL
Returning letter winners: 17
Returning starters: Offense 4, defense 6
Top players: Seniors Dominique King, 5-11, 170, WR; Nick Grzegorzewski, 6-2, 250, OT/DT; Eddie Bombrys, 6-1, 240, G/DT; Sean McGovern, 5-8, 160, WR/DB; Steve Duby, 6-0, 180, QB/DB; Andrew Schultz, 5-9, 215, RB/DL; John Farina, 6-2, 220, OL/DE; Luke Junga, 5-9, 175, WR/LB; David McCrum, 6-0, 170, DB. Juniors Joe Szymanski, 6-3, 215, C; Zach Scarbrough, 6-0, 280, OG/DT; Jordan Spellis, 6-0, 175, LB.
Outlook: Maumee just missed out on a playoff spot last season, losing in a tiebreaker for the final spot in Division II's Region 6.
The Panthers must replace fleet-footed quarterback Jake Schneider, who led the league in passing and rushing last season. Senior Steve Duby will step into that role in the Panthers' spread attack.
Duby will still have the NLL's top receiver as a weapon. Senior Dominique King had 34 catches for 770 (22.6) and earned all-district first team.
Duby was an All-NLL first-team defensive back last season.
"It's his turn at quarterback and he's doing a good job," Boles said.
Protecting Duby up front will be a large offensive line.
"We have a little bit more size than we normally do," Boles said.
Grzegorzewski, a three-year starter, and Farina both earned all-league honors on the line.
Schultz, an NLL first team defensive lineman, will step in as the main running back. McCrum, who started as a sophomore and missed last season with a shoulder injury, returns at defensive back.
"Depth is our biggest concern because we have a lot of guys going both ways," Boles said. "We will be okay if we stay healthy.
2012 MAUMEE SCHEUDULE
Aug. 24-at Waite
Aug. 31-at Rossford
Sept. 7-Massillon Washington
Sept. 14-Bowling Green
Sept. 21-at Southview
Oct. 12-at Northview
Oct. 19-Anthony Wayne
Oct. 26-at Perrysburg