MOORE — Jeff Brickman's Southmoore team faced a lot since last season.
The 2012 campaign for the Sabercats ended with a first-round playoff defeat to Norman North. Then came the May tornadoes that left 22 of his players without their homes.
A positive turn came with voluntary summer workouts. Southmoore's participation impressed Brickman, with 94 players participating in at least 80 percent of the workouts.
“It tells me you have a team that truly loves the sport,” Brickman said. “Sometimes you have guys that like it but they're not in love with it.
“All the coaches, we wouldn't be doing what we're doing if we didn't love the sport, so having everybody on the same page in that regard makes this team already pretty unique.”
The team's focus to start the season was on laying a foundation of success that they could build upon each week.
Brickman said his team will be full of good linemen, which hasn't always been the case in the past.
“This year we have the linemen to go with our outstanding skill players,” Brickman said.
There will be three returning starters to the offensive line: right guard Houston Tyler, center Tyler Davis and left guard Dakota Haynes. As for the defense, they'll run a 3-4 with junior noise guard Dustin King leading the way.
They'll have versatility at running back with speedy Jaelon Walker and power back Pierce Spead.
The Sabercats will also run a lot of two tight-end formations, because Brickman likes four tight ends on his roster, David Gaines, Dakota Troglin, Brandon Garrison and Daniel Pantalia.
Look to wide receivers Gabe Garza and freshman Quindon Lewis to play sidekick to senior Jalen Adams. Adams ran a 4.42-second 40-yard dash during the spring.
With a strong quarterback lineage that includes current Oklahoma sophomore Kendal Thompson and last year's starter, Tre Edwards, the Sabercats might have Jayce Williams, last year's backup, under center. Yet Brickman hinted at the possibility of freshman Conner Uselton running the offense.