By Bill McCaughey
For The Fort Bend Star
The Austin Bulldogs will look to an experienced defense and an improved offense to improve on last year’s 3-7 record.
“The back end of our defense will be good. Our secondary and linebackers are experienced. By the end of last season, they were a good unit,” Austin Coach Daniel Schreiber said. “Overall, we will be younger, smaller and quicker than last year.”
Fadi El Refaei, team captain and inside linebacker, is confident the Bulldogs will be better this year.
“Last year, we won our first game and we got too excited. We expected the wins to come just by showing up, and we didn’t compete like we did in the first game. This year we will stay focused,” El Refaei said. “This year’s defense is fast, strong and physical.”
quarterback Chris Rivers. He had almost 1,200 passing yards and 12 touchdowns last year.
“Our offense is looking good, way better than last year. We just try to take what the defense gives us,” Rivers said. “It’s going to be a fun season.”
“Rivers is an athlete,” Schreiber said. “He can run and pass.”
Gerad Miller is a senior running back with a 4.4 40 time.
“I like to catch passes, but prefer running the ball. I like to run outside because I know I can beat the defensive end and outside linebacker,” Miller said. “Our offense likes a fast tempo. It lets us do what we do best.”
The Bulldogs will have 4-5 kids play both ways, so Schreiber is hoping some sophomores will step up and earn some playing time.
“Kendall Septs is a 6-4, 325-pound sophomore who will start at right tackle,” Schreiber said. “Another sophomore, Troy Omeire, will be in the wide receiver rotation to start the season.”
Austin will open their season against Hastings on Thursday at Mercer Stadium.