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The defending Division II CCS Champions are looking forward to 2012 and improving on an 11-1-1 season. The ‘Cats schedule includes the first nine games versus CCS qualifying teams from last year. The line is where the strength of any good football team must lie and this year the Cats have some real talent up front. Led by three year starter Kevin Tjon and San Jose State committed Nico Aimonetti the Cats look very good.
Alex Randolph, Dave Fishman, Brendan Williams all started games last year on offense and Ricky Turnwall who started several games on defense give the Cats 6 strong and experienced players up front. Some help is needed from younger players but the line looks solid on both sides of the ball. QB Nick Bawden is expected to do big things in his junior year and with talented receivers in Kyle Kevorkian, Cameron Perry, Logan Chapman,James Sena, Cody Marshall,Ben Bergkamp and tight ends Teva Brender and Ty Doughty, the Cats have a talented and deep receiving corps.
At running backs the Cats have great depth with Max Herman, Will Le and Matt Etterman leading the way and strong contributions from Tyler Perkins, Johnny Breidenthal, Sophomore Joey Wood and transfer C.J. Butcher the Cats can come at you in waves of fresh players. On Defense big things are expected of Brent McCoy a returning all leaguer who has been outstanding this summer. Perkins and Herman are both very talented and three year varsity guys and both started last year and are expected to pick up any slack left by Shane Smith who is at San Jose State now.
Bailey McNally and several of the group of O lineman led by Aimonetti and Turnwall should give the Cats a tough inside front and Brender, Jack Tittle, Tjon, Williams, Le and Breindenthal give the team a deep linebacking corps. In the secondary, McCoy is special and Doughty, Kevorkian, Mahoney, Cramer and Bergkamp have all looked very good in passing league. The Cats had a strong passing league show this summer and seem headed for a very balance offense and a tenacious defense.
The kicking game has two returning kickers in Chapman and Tjon and outstanding Sophomore Long Snapper Jack Jarnigan. The key is that Garret Zeiter and Shane Smith are gone and this team will have to be successful as a team with everyone carrying their own weight. Their are no super stars who will carry the load right now, but instead a large group of potential stars who need to make this a great team.
BEWARE THE CATS ARE COMING!