Ok folks, spring ball is still four months away and and the opening kick-off of the 09 season a distant seven months. Hec, last year's mud is still caked on most peoples cleates! But hey! If you are reading this Blog you are thinking ball and that is always a healthy thing to be doing.
Sitting over a cup of coffee this morning I poured all of last year's statistical information in a gold pan and started sifting out the 12's. Pretty soon a few nuggetts from last year's group emerged and this is going to give us a statistical look at some top returning players for 2009. Now lets qualify this right out of the gates. These are stats based, from a league that was different from what is going to occur this coming year and it does not take into account the "supporting cast" that was around last year or that is going to be around this year. Still, this is an early look at one piece of 2009's puzzle.
Top Returning AA Varsity Offensive Players
QB: Greg Bowcott: Rick Hansen: Lots of playoff experience, tall, and no statistical peers amongst returning QB's.
WR: Graeme Schultze Timberline: Tall, vertical stretch player who is always a threat to make the big play catch.
WR: Jarvis Marson: OKM: Has all the tools to post big numbers in 09. Will be breaking in a new QB in 09 which could lower production.
RB: Ryan Aselstyne Norkam: Prototype I-Back. Will post big numbers across a weak Interior schedule.
RB: Buddy Hutchison Seaquam: Good size, great acceleration ,and a slashing runner. Proven two way player. Pound-for-pound as tough as anyone in BC. Will be feature guy for Seahawks.
LB: Matt Gabrick Seaquam Tackling Machine
LB: Mark McCutcheon Rick Hansen: Productive tackler-defends well versus pass.
LB: Dillon Chapdelaine John Barsby: Hitman, always around ball with good pressures on QB.
LB: Buddy Hutchison Seaquam: Hitman, great perimeter tackler.
DB: Sam Livingston South Delta: Returns as provincial leader in interceptions. Iron-man two-way player with big offensive numbers as well. An early example of S. Delta's 2009 "Re-Load".
DB: Mitch Lesyk Rick Hansen: Always around the football, ball hawk.
**Of note: The next topic on this blog is going to be a fun one! Stay tuned....