7. GRAND: Is counting on five returning senior starters and a talented junior class to get the program back to respectability. Among the returning starters is junior QB Jacob Francis, who racked up over 1,900 yards of total offense and 11 TDs last year. He's got plenty of returning help in the trenches to protect him as Edgar Gomez, Trae Downard and David Bentley are all back. Kamron Call and Koi Cook were among Grand's leading tacklers a year ago and they're back to anchor the linebackers. Grand ranked in the bottom four in 2A scoring offense and defense last year, an area that must improve if its going to be a threat in league play. 2011 RECORD: 2-8. PLAYOFFS: Lost to South Summit in first round.
8. PAROWAN: Recent SUU graduate Brigham Nielsen takes over a program that didn't win a game last year. He faces an uphill battle inheriting the worst defense in 2A, but he's brought in Rod Murphy to be his defensive coordinator. Parowan's senior class was pretty small, so it has 13 players who were either full or part-time starters last season. How that translates remains to be seen as Nielsen is transitioning to the triple option offense, an offense he played in at Highland High. The coaching staff is still tinkering with what positions best suit their personnel, but Austin Pickett, Jake Topham and Taylor Harris will all factor into the offense in some capacity. 2011 RECORD: 0-9. PLAYOFFS: Did not qualify.
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