Del Oro football players expecting 'incredible' season
Tanner Woods didn’t mince words when talking about what he thinks about his Del Oro football team this season.
“The expectations for this year, I think we are going to have a bad-ass season pretty much, for lack of a better term,” Woods said on Wednesday during the second day of the Sierra College Football Team Camp hosted by Del Oro in Rocklin.
A lofty outlook for the Golden Eagles from the returning Sierra Foothill League first-team senior lineman – but he wasn’t alone.
With an offensive line that returns three starters and a stable of running backs that all excelled during the afternoon competition on Wednesday, there might be justification for the Golden Eagles to be excited for this season.
“It is going to be incredible,” senior running back Dylan Kainrath said. “Our o-line is massive and they are really good.”
Kainrath was the main backup to Brandon Monroe last season at running back and has the most experience for Del Oro.
Along with fellow senior Shane Peterson, junior Te’Von Rhyne and senior transfer from Highlands High School Greg Eason, the biggest impact in the run game this fall might be depth and creativity from coach Casey Taylor.
“We have different styles of backs,” Taylor said. “We have a couple pounders and some guys with some speed. I really feel like we will still get those big plays in the run game with us having a little bit more depth.”
Del Oro does not have another Monroe on the roster this season, and that seems to suit this team fine.
“We can’t really replace Brandon, let’s just get that out of the way,” senior lineman Emileo Campos said. “But we have four running backs. They are all really good.”
One of them, Eason, turned a lot of heads on Wednesday with his 6-foot-1, 205-pound frame and his breakaway speed during offensive drills against Davis, Casa Roble and Liberty of Brentwood during camp.
“I think (Eason) has been the talk of the camp,” Taylor said. “He has been phenomenal, so we are really excited with him. He showed up Friday to get some gear and showed up to practice on Monday. We haven’t gotten too many (transfers) and he has been a special guy so far.”
Players also were relieved to finally get the chance to hit someone other than their own teammates during the three-day long, full contact camp run by Taylor and former Sierra College coach Jeff Tisdel.
“It is a lot better than hitting my own teammates,” Campos said. “It’s good to get out here with other teams.”
Taylor also pointed out the play of senior quarterback Michael Moore as most-likely replacement to Zach LaBar this season.
Taylor also has been impressed with the play of the line on both sides of the ball, the linebackers and the quality of depth for the Golden Eagles in preparation for the season opener against Logan of Union City on Aug. 30 in Loomis.
“It’s been a great camp for us so far,” Taylor said. “We have a lot of good evaluation on a lot of our guys. Some guys have really stepped up.”
Del Oro again has a non-league schedule that may be one of the toughest in Northern California. The five teams, including 2012 state Open Division champions De La Salle, combined to go 49-15 in 2012.
“Coach (Taylor) schedules the best teams so we can be the best,” Woods said. “He wants to put us on a national scale and I think he is taking on the right path to get there.”
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