Gormley will also have to get used to a schedule that features only one other Big 10 team, Albany. "It's a little different for me because it's not the Big 10. It almost looks like a Suburban (Council) schedule," he said.
Head coach: Dan Penna
Key veterans: Andrew Smith (quarterback/defensive back), Paul Booker (running back/defensive end), Pete Stanish (linebacker), Paul Malamood (tight end/linebacker), Nick Ranalli (split end/defensive back), Parker Wolff (wide receiver/defensive back), Devan Van Auken (offensive line/defensive line), Jason Lawrence (running back/defensive line)
Key newcomers: Cody Betton (offensive line/defensive line), Tony Denn (running back/linebacker), Mike Kennedy (offensive line/defensive line)
Outlook: The Dutchmen graduated several key players that helped them to their first winning record in 11 years last season, but Penna is optimistic that the veterans he has back will keep Guilderland among the class AA elite this season. "The confidence level is derived from the work they've put in during the off-season," said Penna. "They dedicated themselves to the off-season weight training program, and they've gone to camps because they want to prove that last season wasn't a fluke."
After dazzling opponents with his speed and footwork as a tailback last year, Smith will try to do the same thing with his arm as Guilderland's quarterback this season. "We've certainly got some things in place to take advantage of his running ability, but he's also worked very hard on his quarterbacking skills," Penna said.
Head coach: John Irion
Key veterans: Jeff Hummel (running back/defensive back), Andy Kaier (quarterback), Dominic Marino (fullback/linebacker), Jared Myhrberg (running back/linebacker), Zack St. Andrews (tight end/defensive end), Ryan Woodard (running back/defensive back), Jim Drexel (offensive line/defensive line), Caleb Granger (offensive line/defensive line)
Outlook: The Spartans are coming off a 3-6 debut season at the AA level, but one of those wins came against eventual Sectional champion CBA. "I had a pretty good team last year, and it's disappointing that we wound up 3-6, especially when we were up 7-6 at halftime in a lot of games," said Irion.