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McGuinness defense has some question marks

The Irish have eight starters back on offense, but the defense returns just three starters as McGuinness moves up to Class 5A and into a district with Guthrie and Carl Albert.
by Ryan Aber Published: August 25, 2012

The good news for McGuinness?

The Irish have eight starters back on offense.

The other side, though, is a question mark.

McGuinness brings back just three starters on the defensive side, and second-year coach Justin Jones expects things could be somewhat rocky to start on that side.

“Our offense is really going to have to be the mainstay for us while we get some things figured out on defense,” Jones said.

After moving over to running back last year, junior Jake Lewis is expected to return to his natural position at quarterback.

Lewis gives the Irish a strong dual-threat after he rushed for 876 yards and 9 touchdowns as a sophomore.

“Jake's extremely explosive,” Jones said.

“He's a 4.3 40 kid that's flying under the radar right now.”

Lewis will have a strong target in 6-foot-3 senior Cody Chancellor, who had nearly 600 yards receiving last year.

“He really had a great summer,” Jones said. “His ability to go up and catch the ball is really going to be an asset.”

The Irish also figure to be more comfortable in the spread offense in their second year under Jones.

“One of the benefits of being at McGuinness is we have extremely smart kids,” Jones said. “It allows us to progress a bit faster than we could have at some other places. The kids, with how quickly they pick up on things, make it easier.”

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