2013 high school football preview: Juan Diego Soaring Eagle ready to move forward after emotionally draining 2012 season
Nelson, a left-handed gunner, started two games last season during incumbent starter Nick Markosian’s period of injury. In that time he was extremely efficient — completing 76 percent of his pass attempts for 397 yards and three touchdowns.
Three-year starting offensive lineman Harry Jones moves to the tight end position with the security of a strong group up front. Colosimo highlighted Jacob Nelson, who he referred to as a “mountain man” to dictate the push.
(Five returning starters)
Last season, Juan Diego had two college-ready linebackers in Dakota Cox and Walter Kauhaahaa. This year, the safeties inherit the honor.
Nelson had 42 tackles and five interceptions, including one pick-six. He also added three touchdowns in the return game, an area Colosimo is hesitant to allow Nelson to play considering his role at quarterback. He’s joined by Cameron Hansen, who had 47 tackles, in the defensive secondary.
Currently, four seniors are competing for the two starting corner positions.
“We have athletes at corner, but they’re just untested,” Colosimo said. “We just have to find the right two. We were (unsure) at the position last year, too, and we had a couple kids step up and did a great job. I’m hoping we get the same production out of whoever wins those two spots.”
Jones and Springer are set at linebacker, although Colosimo said, “If I could keep Jesse off that because of his role as a big time running back for us, I’d try and get him off that.”
Colosimo also pinpointed Seimisi Bloomfield on the defensive line, who he said “has looked pretty sharp for us.”
Coaches preseason 3AA North straw poll: First
Deseret News 3AA North prediction: Second
Bottom line: Juan Diego has won 10 consecutive region titles, and there isn’t any reason why that streak can’t be extended to 11 this season. It’ll definitely be more difficult than in years past, especially with a talented Stansbury team looming in the eighth week of the season. The Soaring Eagle, obviously, are serious contenders to win the first 3AA class state championship, and believing otherwise is foolish. Expect the same old offense, the same old defense and the same old results from Juan Diego this season.
Juan Diego coaching history
2000-current — John Colosimo (129-29)
Deseret News MVPs the past 10 years
2010 — Taylor Cassita, LB
2008 — Jamie Markosian, RB/DT
2004 — Marquis Wilson, WR
2002 — Chad Vaculin, QB
Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years
2012 — Zach Schekel, OL
2012 — Dakota Cox, LB
2012 — Walter Kauhaahaa, LB
2011 — Jared McCauley, OL
2011 — Ryan McCauley, DL
2011 — Dakota Cox, LB
2010 — Oliver Weight, DB
2010 — Eric Heinz, TE
2010 — Jalin Ames, OL
2009 — Cody Stevenson, QB
2009 — Christian Ika, OL/DL
2009 — Tana Vea, RB/DB
2009 — Keegan Andersen, WR/DB
2009 — Frank Sutera, DB
2009 — Junior Latu, DL
2009 — Trevor McFalls, TE/DL
2008 — Brian May, QB
2008 — Tyler Morales, RB
2008 — Tyler Bauman, TE
2008 — Jacob Doughty, LB
2007 — Vince Romero, LB
2006 — Tom Schweiger, DL
2006 — Mychal Robinson, DB
2004 — Zack Horrocks, RB
2004 — Trevor Wright, DL
2004 — Garry Hrechkosy, DL
2004 — Brian Bauman, LB
2003 — Chad Vaculin, QB
2003 — Marquis Wilson, WR
2003 — Chris Heffernan, OL
2003 — Doug VanCouwenberghe, OL
2003 — Tevita Kefu, TE
To view second team and honorable mention all-staters through the years, check out the Deseret News All-State Archives.
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