For the second straight season, the Bruins are replacing their starting quarterback and could do so again after this year. It's another rebuilding year for Bayshore, which has only won three games in Elijah Freeman's first two seasons at the helm, and Bruins are still trying to put together the foundation to end a decade-long playoff drought.
Needs a big season from: The offensive line
The great struggle for so many high school teams -- and particularly ones trying to build or rebuild -- is getting players excited about offensive line. There's not much glory to go around when a team goes 1-8, which means there's even less for the linemen.
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The 2015 group has been overhauled. Billy Benson is the only full-time starter back for Bayshore from a year ago. Two players who started on the defensive line last year and put together solid seasons are moving to the other side of the ball. The Bruins even have a new offensive line coach and offensive coordinator.
"They're getting off the ball a little bit better," head coach Elijah Freeman said. "The attitude about blocking and being a good unit as improved. We had to kind of get some guys convinced that we needed them on the offensive line."
Jackie Garvin and Deshawn Hobbs, both full-time defensive linemen a year ago, will start on the offensive line and Andrew Handle could figure into the mix, as well.
And as Bayshore tinkers with its offense, the role of the offensive line becomes more important. The Bruins will keep some of their veer-type offense intact from last season while also introducing spread elements.
"We do intend to pass the ball a lot more," Freeman said.
Newcomer: RYAN O'NEILL, soph., quarterback
Although converted wide receiver Zorion Brooks is slated to start under center, the decision to bring O'Neill up from junior varsity for his sophomore season indicates head coach Elijah Freeman has plans for the No. 2 quarterback. Brooks is more of a running threat, while O'Neill can give Bayshore a more traditional offensive feel. Freeman expects both could see playing time this fall.
Wingman: Yandy Rocamora, WR
Rocamora was part of a three-way quarterback competition during the early parts of the spring until Bayshore decided to keep him out wide. He and Zorion Brooks, the new starting quarterback, are the Bruins' top two returning wide receivers and whichever one remained at wideout was going to be the other's top option.
Deep at: Defensive line
Bayshore is struggling with numbers, but has three returning starters on the line plus two others who contributed in 2014.
Thin at: Secondary
Hakeem Harris is Bayshore's only returning contributor. The Bruins will lean heavily on Vernard Brown, a Palmetto transfer who only played basketball for the Tigers.
By the numbers:
3 -- New assistant coaches for Bayshore, including its offensive coordinator
5 -- Games against teams who reached the FHSAA postseason in 2014
8 -- Points per game scored by the Bruins last season
Regular season 1-8, 1-3 5A-13
at Sarasota Riverview L, 33-0
at Sarasota L, 24-6
at Lakewood Ranch L, 22-7
at Southeast L, 14-0
ARCADIA DeSOTO COUNTY L, 41-3
BRADEN RIVER L, 24-0
at Wauchula Hardee W, 17-14
SARASOTA BOOKER L, 21-12
at Frostproof L, 35-27
Head coach: Elijah Freeman, 3rd year, 3-16
28 at Braden River
4 LAKEWOOD RANCH
25 at Palmetto
2 at Sarasota Booker*
9 at North Port
16 WAUCHULA HARDEE*
23 ARCADIA DeSOTO COUNTY*
30 at Englewood Lemon Bay*
6 at Cardinal Mooney#
Games start at 7:30 p.m. unless noted
# -- 7 p.m. game | *--Class 5A-11
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