Kory Bosgieter's summary of his Fremont Silver Wolves this year?
Really, really young.
"It'd be nice to have more guys with driver's licenses," the Fremont coach said.
The Silver Wolves won't have more than 15 seniors on this year's squad, which hopes to contend in the ever-difficult Region 1 in Class 5A. While the talent is there, Bosgieter said Fremont is in the midst of developing and teaching youngsters.
"Things we're correcting yesterday we are correcting today," he said. "As soon as that stops, we'll get better."
As Bosgieter explained, Fremont is a personnel-style offense. The Silver Wolves could feature as many as four different kids under center this season. Junior Justin Shaw and senior Braxton Wood are two of the primary candidates, including do-it-all athlete Paxton Merrill.
"Most people call it Wildcat, we call it personnel," Bosgieter said.
Junior running backs Cole Bingham and Josh Phippen return in the backfield. Both saw time as sophomores on varsity a year ago. They will shoulder the load for the Fremont ground attack.
On defense, Fremont's front line returns two starters from a year ago in Nate Wadsworth and Aidan Arteaga. Linebackers Brantzen Romander and Karson Knight will spearhead the middle of the defense, while Parker Preator is a key returner on defense.
It'll be a trial-by-fire start to the 2013 campaign for the Silver Wolves. They open at defending 5A state champions Jordan on Aug. 23 then host Brighton the next week.
"A lot of what we're focusing on is what we need to do better than last year," Bosgieter said. "If you don't learn from history, you've got to do something else."
Fremont Silver Wolves
ASSIGNMENT • Region 1
LAST YEAR • 4-7, 2-3 Region 1
KEY RETURNER • Paxton Merrill, sr., QB/TE/DE. At 6 foot 4 and 210 pounds, Merrill is one of the most important Silver Wolves heading into the season. He does it all for Fremont as a pass-catching tight end, a personnel quarterback and a defensive end.
PLAYER TO WATCH • Cole Bingham, jr., RB. Being featured in the Fremont offense for a year will help Bingham take the next step as one of the primary weapons in the Silver Wolves' offense as a junior this year.
BIGGEST HOLE • Experience. Any time you have less than 15 seniors on a football team, you're in need of youngsters to step up and play with more maturity. While the talent is there, coach Bosgieter said Fremont will see what kind of team it has once the preseason starts.
NEED TO KNOW • Fremont could use as many as four quarterbacks this season and will play to its typical personnel-style offense.