All the wide receivers are new, and that’s one of the biggest question marks facing the Tigers this season.
Defensively, Ogden’s line should be a strength like the offensive line, but the linebacking core will be brand new.
More than anything, Kolan said his team needs to be tougher mentally this season.
“Hopefully we can develop a sense of mental toughness — that when something bad goes wrong, that we know we can overcome that,” said Kolan. “I know physically they’ll be able to compete up front, but mentally we need to develop a sense of toughness.”
Ogden Tigers at a glance
Coach: Troy Kolan is entering his third year as Ogden’s head coach. The Morgan High graduate has compiled a 5-16 record in his first two seasons.
(5 returning starters; Pistol offense)
Ogden was in the bottom third in scoring offense last year at just 17 ppg. Improving upon that won’t be easy with new quarterback Michael Richardson and a host of new receivers. Sophomore receiver Blake Harvey has been a pleasant surprise this summer. Coach Kolan said he just showed up out of nowhere and he’s been snatching balls out of the air left and right. Receivers Cooper Ferrario and Ethan Vosburgh will be counted on for productive seasons as well. Josh Shackleford will carry the bulk of the burden at running back after a solid sophomore season.
(4 returning starters)
In a region where most of the teams like to run the ball, Ogden has the potential to be pretty good with three of its four defensive starters returning on the defensive line. Yopu Brian came on late last year and was one of Ogden’s leading tacklers the final three games. Brian Saunders and Larry Rodriguez are both returning starters on the defensive line as well. All four of Ogden’s linebackers will be new though, and Richardson is the lone returning starter in the secondary.
Coaches preseason Region 11 straw poll: Fifth
Deseret News Region 11 prediction: Fifth
Bottom line: Ogden made great strides last season by making the playoffs a year removed from only winning one game. Duplicating it won’t be easy. All the top teams in Region 11 return the bulk of their starters, while Ogden is pretty much starting from scratch outside of the offensive and defensive lines. That talent in the trenches is very good though, and it might be enough to lead Ogden to the playoffs again this year.
Aug. 17 — BONNEVILLE, 7 p.m.
Aug. 24 — JUDGE MEMORIAL, 7 p.m.
Aug. 31 — at Clearfield, 7 p.m.
Sept. 7 — BEN LOMOND, 7 p.m.
Sept. 14 — at Bear River, 7 p.m.
Sept. 21 — at Canyon View, 7 p.m.
Sept. 28 — TOOELE, 7 p.m.
Oct. 5 — at Stansbury, 7 p.m.
Oct. 11 — MORGAN, 7 p.m.
Oct. 17 — at Grantsville, 7 p.m.
Felt’s Facts for Ogden High School
All-time record: 434-484-35 (113 years)
Region championships: 16 (1910, 1916, 1937 co, 1938, 1940, 1942, 1943, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1961, 1962, 1966, 1974 co, 1981)
Playoff appearances: 26
All-time playoff record: 13-24
State championships: 2 (1958, 1966)
State championship record: 2-3