The 2014 North Charleston football team may be few in numbers and will certainly be less experienced than they were a year ago, but second-year head coach Chris Reger knows he will get effort and determination from his team.
2013: 3-8 overall, 3-4 in Region 6-AA
Coach: Chris Reger (Second season)
Returning starters: 7 (2 offense, 5 defense)
Players to watch: OL/DL Demetrius Jenkins, WR/DB Larry Scruggs, QB Eric Williams
North Charleston won three games in Reger's first season as head coach but graduated 18 seniors off the roster. Reger realizes the challenge ahead this season but looks forward to watching a young team learn.
"We'll have two seniors on this team and about 80 percent of the roster will be sophomores so we are pretty young," said the coach, who was an assistant for one season before taking over as head coach last season. "We're not as talented as we were a year ago but I can already see this team giving great effort. I honestly think we will win some games and have a good season."
Senior Demetrius Jenkins will be a fourth-year starter and will be the team's leader, according to Reger. Jenkins is a two-way starter, working at center on offense and defensive tackle on the other side.
Another key offensive lineman returner is guard Antwan Frazier, who also starts at middle linebacker on defense.
Junior Eric Williams is slated to start at quarterback after working on the junior varsity last season. Reger expects the top threats at the skill positions to include senior slotback T.J. Levine, juniors Larry Scruggs and Stan Levine, and sophomore Kaleb Parks.
"Last season we ran the football a lot but I can see us spreading it out more with more passing with this group of skill people," said Reger. "We have several guys who can make plays for us."
Reger expects newcomers DeJuan Felton (linebacker) and Kdonte Johnson (defensive end) to make an impact this season as well.
"We have 21 kids everyday but I expect to pick up another 10 or 15 once school starts," Reger said. "We will have more depth once we start playing games and that will help."