Dupo Tigers football coach Brad Weier realizes he may be fighting an uphill battle, but he’s got his players pointed in the right direction.
Not only is Dupo the smallest school in the Cahokia Conference but the Tigers have only 34 players out for football and 14 of them are freshmen.
“We’re going to be really young, especially up front, but I’ve just got to roll with them. I played several sophomores last year as freshmen and I feel like the butterflies will be gone for them,” said Weier, whose team was 1-8 in 2014.
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Athletic senior Drake Harvell moves from center to quarterback.
The running backs are seniors Adam Nichols and Brandon Roth and junior Dawson Kemp. Senior Collin Roth will see time at running back and receiver, with junior Dylan Wetzel also working at receiver.
The Tigers return a massive senior right tackle in Kyle Kukorola (6-0, 360). Sophomore Victor Licklider should be a force at left tackle and middle linebacker with sophomore Chase Putnam at guard.
Sophomore Zane Chism is at center with sophomore Nick Meagher starting on the offensive and defensive line.
Kemp, an outside linebacker, was a major force last season with 52 tackles and four sacks. Licklider also helps anchor the defense at middle linebacker with Nichols (19 tackles, one interception) also at linebacker.
MacKay Ham and Chase Putnam are the top defensive linemen.
Collin Roth (41 tackles) returns at cornerback with Brandon Roth (31 tackles, one interception) moving from cornerback to safety.
— Norm Sanders