While it hasn't always added up with victories, William Chrisman has had a sizable share of sizable linemen work their way through its football program. Finding speed on the outside to balance the offense, however, has often been an issue.
By SAM MCDOWELL
The Kansas City Star
No more, says Bears coach John Crutcher.
"We've never had a whole lot of team speed, but this year, we have more than we've ever had," said Crutcher, now in his fourth year at Chrisman. "I think that's why the kids are so excited."
Twin bothers Dalvin and DeVante Wilkerson — two qualifiers in the 100 meters on the Bears' track team last spring — are primary examples of that speed. Dalvin is prepared to start at tailback for the second straight season, and DeVante will move from cornerback to wide receiver.
Gannon Ogle is slated to return at quarterback. "He's a very capable quarterback and a good manager of the game," Crutcher said. "He may not beat you with his feet, but he can beat you with his arm."
The Bears, who finished 3-7 last fa;; after a winless 2011 season, are equally excited about their defense. That starts with senior safety Brett Wolf, a two-time all-conference performer. Senior Alex Ball is another name to watch on both sides of the ball.
"Our statement is that three wins isn't enough," Crutcher said. "Our kids are happy they won three games and turned it around a little bit, but they're not satisfied. After three years of our core group of guys working their tails off, they've really bought into finding a way to win."