There are a couple of reasons why Willis is able to sound so optimistic. Eddie Reynolds will be entering his third year as the starting quarterback, while Jacob Welt came out of nowhere to be one of the top rushers in 4A last season.
Willis said it might be a challenge on the line as only two starters are back, but the team is also full of players who have been waiting their turn. Their wait is over, and they're going to get their opportunities, Willis said.
HENSLEY MAKES SECOND CUT
Edmond Santa Fe pitcher Ty Hensley will continue to play for USA Baseball as Hensley has made the second cut for the 18-under national team.
The 40-man roster participated in games all week before the roster was trimmed to 28 on Sunday morning.
A second round of trials will be in North Carolina from Sept. 12-21. From there, 20 players will be selected to compete in the 2011 COPABE Pan American AAA/18U Championships in Cartagena, Colombia, Sept. 23-Oct. 2.
Hensley's potential participation was one of the factors in Hensley electing to not play football in the fall.
Leedey's Drew Ward, who made the 40-man team and will only be a sophomore, didn't make the 28-man roster.