FROM LEFT: Row 1: Nate Segaard, Austin Wiegand, Mitch Hayslett, Mark Konieczny Row 2: Kyle Rutledge, Hunter Gresh, Jared Chambers, Kaleb Maguire, Dalton Reau, AJ Cecil, Chris Tabbert, Zane Troknya, Jamie Balboa, Jim Chambers, Zach Collins Row 3: Cliff Biggert, Aaron Hopkins, Cobi Brough, Curtis Priesman, Matt Laughlin, Josh Sarahman, Derek Wood, Dillon Glass, Ben Genzman, Chris Tabbert Row 4: Andre Ramsey, Jeremy Balboa, Nick Bergman, Ben Peterson, Adam Swope, Elijah Klenk, Alex Heintz, Travis Dillow, Kyle Rutledge, Brody Henning, Cole Wierich Row 5: Stephen Simkus, Jonathan Frederick, Tyler Campbell, Tim Mossman, Jordan Maguire, Vince Szabo, TJ Lawrence, Chance Sigurdson, Jeremiah Gregg, Brandon Hymore Coaches: Head coach Mike May, assistants Lou Bosh, Eric Dusseau, Adam Painter, Scott Schulte, Doug Slagle, David Thiel
Coach: Mike May, fifth year
Last season: 6-4, 5-2 Sandusky Bay Conference
Returning letter winners: 14
Returning starters: Offense 5, defense 5
Top players: Seniors Austin Wiegand, 6-2, 165, QB; Mark Konieczny, 5-7, 185, RB; A.J. Cecil, 6-1, 175, WR; Mitch Hayslett 6-0, 200, OL/DL; Nate Segaard, 6-0, 225, OL/DL; Dalton Reau, 6-1, 255, DL; Kaleb Maguire, 6-1, 160, DL; Jamie Balboa, 5-10, 135, DB.
Outlook: Picked by coaches to finish third in the SBC, May believes the foundation of his team will be its strong leadership, as well as its depth on both the offensive line and defensive line -- an attribute that's essential for a team looking to utilize its depth.
Konieczny ran for nearly 1,400 yards last season and will be prominently featured this season in the offensive scheme. However, May said that one position where Oak Harbor will need to improve is among its linebackers, after losing three from last season to graduation.
The roster includes 21 sophomores, and while May said many of them won't play right away, the high participation numbers are critical in the development of the program.
"We have an athletic quarterback and I feel like we have one of the top receivers in A.J. Cecil," May said. "We're going to look to run the ball and hit the big plays."
2012 OAK HARBOR SCHEDULE
Aug. 24-Sheffield Brookside
Aug. 31-at Genoa
Sept. 14-at Margaretta
Sept. 21-Port Clinton
Sept. 28-at Edison
Oct. 12-at Clyde
Oct. 19-at Sandusky St. Mary
Oct. 26-at Sandusky Perkins