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Football preview: Alonso


Published:   |   Updated: August 27, 2013 at 09:54 PM

Experienced offensive line leads way for Ravens

There will be a lot of talk about Gary Brown. Coach Brian Emanuel knows this, but he’s high on his entire offensive line, all of which are returning this season.

But Emanuel expects players such as Don Shepherd and Cesar Perez to pull their weight and be on-field leaders, especially since Shepherd is a returning captain.

“We are a senior-laden and that really starts up front with our offensive linemen,” Emanuel said. “We have so many starters returning on offense, but having this line all returning, they’re going to win many battles on the front and that’s going to be key for us.”

If the line opens the holes, then running back Ish Witter will be there to go through them. Witter finished with 902 yards and six rushing TDs a year ago.

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Ish Witter, running back

With about eight offers under his belt, Witter is looking to stay injury free and then post his first 1,000-plus yard rushing season. Emanuel knows that keeping Witter healthy will be key for success this season, especially since he has the 4.5 speed to take advantage of Alonso’s big, returning offensive line.

Strong secondary

Not since the arrival of Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has a coach been this excited about a secondary, and Alonso is going to boast a talented unit that includes the likes of Brandon Robinson, Randolph Hunter and Roosevelt Lawrence. Robinson and Lawrence both had an interception last season, but this unit will be key since the Ravens are likely to face good passing opposition with pass-happy Plant and Wharton on the schedule. “This will be a strength for us on defense because they can cover and they can hit and they’re already making noise out of camp,” Emanuel said.

DEMAND

New quarterback

Emanuel quickly admits it: losing Brandon Hawkins hurts. Disappearing is 20 touchdowns and more than 1,800 offensive yards, however, sophomore Chris Oladokun, who won the 2013 Tampa Quarterback Challenge presented by the John Kaleo QB Academy, has been named the starter.

“He had a heck of a spring game and great success in 7 on 7, so he’s stepped in to lead us. I think he has all the unwritten moxy, so I have no fears handing over the offense to him.”

Special teams

Emanuel puts it simply: “This school has 2,600 kids and we can’t find a kicker?” Emanuel feels, and even said, that not having a reliable kicking game, as well as solid coverage on the return, cost the Ravens a few past games, even the spring game in May.

“We’ve spent a lot of time in practice working on the return and we’ve got to be smarter on the coverage,” Emanuel said. “Special teams is on the radar for everyone.”

Schedule

Aug. 30: Jefferson

Sept. 6: at Steinbrenner

Sept. 12: at East Bay

Sept. 20: Newsome

Sept. 27: Spoto

Oct. 4: at Bloomingdale

Oct. 18: at Wharton

Oct. 25: Riverview

Nov. 1: Plant

Nov. 8: at Sickles

Roster

No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.

1 Marcus Mosely WR 6-5 205 Sr.

2 Brandon Robinson WR/DB 5-8 175 Sr.

3 Roosevelt Lawrence DB 6-0 155 Jr.

4 Terryl Scott WR/DB 6-2 165 Jr.

5 Dwight Manso LB 5-11 200 Sr.

6 Parker Sedwick ATH 6-2 185 Sr.

7 Hunter Randolph DB 5-10 165 Sr.

8 Edwin Lamour DE 5-11 205 Jr.

9 Derius Davis WR/DB 6-2 205 Sr.

10 Gian Paul Dachardi DB 5-7 145 Sr.

11 Chris Oladokun QB 6-0 165 So.

12 Harold Harper WR 6-3 185 Sr.

13 Alex Owens DB 5-8 140 Jr.

14 Jack Bryzenski K 5-8 140 So.

15. Brad Coyle P 5-10 185 Jr.

16 Chris Samonte DL 5-10 215 Sr.

17 Diego Navarro QB 5-10 155 So.

19 Derrick Walker WR/DB 5-10 165 So.

20 Nick Kyler DL 5-7 215 Jr.

21 Ish Witter RB 5-8 195 Sr.

22 Jacob Chalkley WR 5-11 165 So.

23 Jordan Willingham DB 5-5 130 So.

24 Rogert Gomez DB 5-8 155 Sr.

25 Elliot Jones DB 5-8 155 Jr.

26 Jeremy Martinez LB/FB 6-0 175 Jr.

28 Pablo Acosta RB 5-5 165 Jr.

30 Jonah Hahn LB 6-1 190 Sr.

32 Kelvin Clemmons RB 6-2 205 So.

34 Donte Dowdell LB 5-8 175 Fr.

36 Alex English LB 5-11 185 Sr.

40 William Barthold DB 5-10 160 So.

42 Malik Daniel DL 6-3 215 Sr.

44 Sam Miller LB 5-9 170 Jr.

50 Don Shepherd OL 5-8 185 Sr.

51 Nate Blamey LB 5-10 175 Jr.

54 Brandon Shorter OL 5-11 225 Sr.

55 David Greenberg OL 5-8 195 So.

56 Tito Castillo DL 5-8 205 Sr.

57 Javier Otero DL 5-8 215 So.

60 Jake Goodman OL 6-2 255 Jr.

61 Brennan McArthur OL 5-9 195 Jr.

65 Nathan New OL 6-3 275 So.

70 Bennett Newton OL 6-0 235 So.

72 Cesar Perez OL 6-2 285 Sr.

73 Gary Brown OL 6-2 285 Sr.

74 Phillip Jackson OL 5-10 185 Fr.

77 Christian Loubriel OL 6-3 265 Sr.

80 Tristyn Ferlita TE 6-2 185 So.

83 Thomas Silver TE/DL 6-5 195 Jr.

88 David McGhen DL 6-2 215 Sr.

91 Steven Salcedo DL 6-0 195 Sr.

93 Angel Hernandez DL 5-10 205 Jr.

99 Isaiah Garrett DL 5-11 275 Jr.

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