High hopes in Yukon after eight-win season

BY SCOTT WRIGHT Staff Writer swright@opubco.com Modified: August 27, 2011 at 9:57 pm •  Published: August 27, 2011

Last year's eight-win season along with the opening of their new stadium in September has excitement peaking for the Yukon Millers.

They've put the disappointment of a first-round home playoff loss behind them, ready to continue building their program.

“Everyone's hyped up, jumping around,” senior quarterback Corben Jones said. “Everyone's excited that the season's about to begin and we're in the new stadium. It's exciting times.”

Though they don't have a lot of returning starters, the bulk of them come back on the lines.

Lantz Parks, Will Paddock and Tyler Bush all return on an offensive line that hopes to be the strong point of the Miller offense this season.

“Last year was a real good year for all three of us, because we got better together,” Parks said. “This year, we're ready to put it all together and be a really good unit.

“We had a really good running back last year, so this year, it will be more on us to make good holes.”

Parks will also provide a boost to the defensive line, either at tackle or end.

“I'll be playing more defense this year, because we lost both of our defensive ends from last year,” he said.

The Millers have only three returning starters on the defensive side of the ball, filling holes at both defensive end spots, both linebacker spots and most of the secondary.

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