Head Coach: Scott Burton
2010 Record: 2-8
Returning Starters (Off): 5
Returning Starters (Def): 3
The Marietta Blue Devils are excited to begin the 2011 season. A great off-season of work has produced a team full of young men who are hungry and determined to return to the playoffs. Blue Devil fans can expect to see a tough, physical team in 2011. The 2011 Blue Devils are committed to improving in two key areas: turnover ratio and the running game. Last season the
Offensive Line: Any discussion of the Offense must always begin with the most important unit on the field, the Offensive Line. Two Juniors, Davis Wilson and Alex Wilkerson, each started all ten games last year for
Quarterback: In 2010, the Blue Devils were led by QB Anthony Jennings.
Wide Receiver: At Wide Receiver, the top returning playmaker is Junior Tyree Harris who started all ten games and caught 17 passes in 2010. Fellow Juniors Carter Smith, Chavez Hemphill, Shomari Holmes, Evans Nichols, and Amanuel Gantt will all contribute to the success of the Blue Devils offense. Sophomore Marcus Bennett, a standout from the Freshman team in 2010, along with Mathis and Bulock are also expected to be playmakers for
Running Back: Romello Porter enters the spring as the top ball carrier. Porter, a Senior in 2011, was the third leading rusher last year and is also a threat to catch the ball out of the backfield. Joining Porter in the backfield is fellow Senior Jalen McLaurin and Sophomores Malik Frye, Chris Flood, and Ty Tomlin.
Tight End: Senior Brandon Martin and Juniors Kenny Norwood and Dalton Bee will play a huge role in the success of the Blue Devil Offense in 2011. Blue Devil Tight Ends must be excellent blockers at the point of attack to allow
Defensive Line: The
Linebackers: The Inside Linebacker spot is expected to be anchored by a talented blend of senior leadership and promising newcomers. Seniors Myron Washington and Kardell Gaines both gained valuable experience as back-ups in 2010. Both expect to see significant playing time in 2011. Joining them are Sophomores Lawton Ward and Tyrell Tomlin, two very talented and aggressive players. Sophomore Onterrio Lay and Junior Jonathan Logan will also contribute as Inside Linebackers. The Outside Linebacker spot will be anchored by senior Rontrez Barclay. Barclay moves closer to the line of scrimmage in 2011 after starting several games last season at Safety. Backing up Barclay will be Senior Asi Wilson and Sophomore Andrew Thomas.
Defensive Backs: Blue Devils will lean heavily on two Senior members of the secondary to lead this talented group. Khallid Wallace and Jaylen Hill each started at least six games in 2010 and gained valuable experience. Both have done an excellent job in leading the younger members of the Blue Devil defense and are expected to be solid tacklers and big time playmakers in 2011 for
Placekicking: Senior Banks Martin has worked extremely hard and is determined to handle the placekicking duties for the Blue Devils in 2011. The left footed senior has excellent range and has demonstrated the consistency necessary to be a top flight kicker. Junior Shomari Holmes may also handle placekicking duties for the Blue Devils.
Punting: The punting duties will most likely be handled by Junior Jordan Mathis in 2011. Mathis has excellent athleticism in addition to having a strong leg. Senior Logan Marshall, Junior Shomari Holmes, and Sophomore Lawton Ward may also contribute as punters as well.
Long Snaper: Junior Hank Henderson will be the team’s primary long snapper this season.
Returners: The Blue Devils have a host of athletic players who could contribute as kick and punt returners. Leading candidates are Seniors Jaylen Hill, Romello Porter, and Khallid Wallace along with Juniors Tyree Harris and Amanuel Gantt, and Sophomores Jordan Mathis and Marcus Bennett.