Braxton Chipman will command the offense this season. He currently maintains a 4.0 GPA, which in large part contributes to Marlowe’s confidence in him. “That’s part of the reason why we can run this offense. The quarterback is responsible for reading it and if there’s an audible on what the defense gives us — he’s able to do that, too.”
Although Marlowe said Chipman “seldom makes a mental mistake” he noted that he still needs to progress physically. “It’s always a little learning curve there at the first part of the junior year when a kid hasn’t started.”
But, when asked if he’s nervous about his QB's capabilities, Marlowe squashed any doubt.
“Not this kid. Not at all,” he said.
(5 returning starters)
Defensively the majority of the offensive personnel will appear, too.
“That’s the difference between 5A and 4A. In 5A you can platoon and defense and offense can practice separately. In 4A, your success is based on if you can keep all your kids healthy,” Marlowe explained. “The key isn’t working really, really hard right now and finding out who the best player is. It’s getting to that first game and being able to play with them.”
Wittwer, Aiono, Yapias and Ubani create a formidable front base.
With the addition of several pass-heavy programs in Region 7, the secondary will be tested extensively. Marlowe said behind two “quick-as-cats” corners, Dallen Slaugh and Parker Bowles, the defensive backfield is “stronger than we’ve been in the past.”
Coaches preseason Region 6 straw poll: Third
Deseret News Region 6 prediction: Second
Bottom line: How the program adjusts to new offensive philosophies is the defining question of the 2013 season. It’s truly an unknown at this point in time. The talent, especially in the junior class, is there, and the Eagles expect to accomplish great things this season. The Eagles would be hard-pressed for a repeat of another 5-5 record.
Skyline coaching history
2012 — Steve Marlowe (5-5)
1986-2011 — Roger DuPaix (246-74)
1982-1985 — Ray Groth (17-23)
1980-1981 — Gil Cordova (7-13)
1968-1979 — Ken Schmidt (108-26)
1964-1967 — H.G. Linford (31-10)
1962-1963 — Wayne Startin (7-12)
Deseret News Mr. Football recipients
2000 — Steve Tate, QB
1999 — Bo Nagahi, DB
Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years
2012 — Garrett England, Specialist
2011 — Zach Russon, OL,
2010 — Nick Johnson OL
2008 — Tenny Palepoi, DL
2005 — Matt Marshall, QB
2005 — Brian Vaaulu, OL
2004 — Tony Bergstrom, OL
2004 — Will Falk, LB
2003 — Mitch Reid, QB
2003 — Matt Bauman, DL
2003 — Taylor Pendley, LB
2003 — Spencer Orr, DB
To view second team and honorable mention all-staters through the years, check out the Deseret News All-State Archives.