"That's probably the biggest concern for us right now," Anderson said. "We need to find guys to step up and play really well at defensive back. I like our front seven, and I'm comfortable there, so if we can get good play from our defensive backs it will go a long way."
Orem Tigers at a glance
Coach: Tyler Anderson enters his third year as head coach, where he's compiled a 13-10 overall record. He previously coached at Harmony High in Florida for four years, compiling a 23-24 record. Before that he was a head coach at Tooele from 2000-03, finishing with a 28-17 record and leading Tooele to a state title in 2002.
(7 returning starters; spread)
It's not just stellar receivers that make up Orem's potent offense. The Tigers return a promising running back and some very good strength along their offensive front.
"I like our line a lot and we have some good returning talent there with three guys coming back," Anderson said. "We have James Wadsworth at running back, who started for us last year as a sophomore, so we like the potential we have to run the ball and you obviously need a solid offensive line and we think we'll have that."
(6 returning starters; 4-3)
Orem's expected strength along its front seven should play well against run-heavy foes like Olympus and Skyline in region.
"We have guys like Alfeleti (Tuuhetaufa) and some others on defensive line who will be real solid," Anderson said. "Austin McGiven will be our leader at linebacker, but we return all three linebackers, so that will be a strength."
Coaches preseason Region 7 straw poll: First
Deseret News Region 7 prediction: First
Bottom line: Orem seems poised to make a deep run in the state playoffs and should take Region 7 — if Tucker Camp can prove an adequate replacement for his brother Taylor at quarterback.
Depth will be a concern for the Tigers, but if they stay relatively healthy, fans can possibly expect to attend games at Rice-Eccles Stadium in November.
Orem coaching history
2011-current — Tyler Anderson (13-10)
2002-2010 — Bob Steele (48-52)
2000-2001 — Alex Jacobson (15-8)
1989-1999 — Paul Clark (74-39)
1985-1988 — Thomas Rabb (31-11)
1980-1984 — Steve Downey (27-22)
1977-1979 — (unknown) (21-11)
1971-1976 — Tom Molen (33-23-2)
1969-1970 — Charlie Dine (17-5-2)
1954-1968 — Udell Westover (105-31-5)
1949-1953 — Glenn Zimmerman (27-13-1)
1929-1948 — Don “Sanky” Dixon (56-48-11)
Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years
2012 — Nolan Gray, WR
2011 — Cole Payne, WR
2008 — Jordan Egbert, TE
2007 — Tucker Lamb, LB
2006 — Tom Steele, LB
2006 — Nate Killpack, K
2005 — Ryan Freeman, OL
2005 — Zeke Wily, DL
2004 — Ryan Freeman, OL
2003 — Mark Freeman, OL
To view second team and honorable mention all-staters through the years, check out the Deseret News All-State Archives.
- Football legend Brett Favre drops in on Alta...
- Final preseason breakdown of BYU, Utah and...
- Peavler: Final preseason breakdown of BYU,...
- Brad Rock: BYU, Utah players take blame like...
- BYU assistant football coach is also Bishop...
- BYU AD Tom Holmoe says Cougars should hear...
- Deseret News previews of all 103 varsity...
- BYU football: Cougars agree to home-and-home...
- College football: BYU, Utah State... 140
- Travis Wilson edges out Kendal Thompson... 105
- Hawaii AD: 'There is a very real... 88
- Guest commentary: It’s OK if BYU... 75
- Dick Harmon: Offensive line play will... 45
- BYU football: Cougars agree to... 44
- Peavler: Final preseason breakdown of... 25
- Brad Rock: BYU, Utah players take blame... 24