High school football: In order to repeat as champs, Timpview must replace key personnel
"We feel good about our chances, but every year it's something new and there's always new challenges," Whittingham said. "You can't rest on what you did last year, but realize this year — the team's different and we won't have some of the key things we did last year, but might after some new strengths."
Timpview Thunderbirds at a glance
Coach: Cary Whittingham is entering his second year as Timpview’s head coach after serving nine years as an assistant. He’s the brother of Utah Coach Kyle Whittingham and, like his brother, comes from a defensive-coordinating background.
(Various formations; 3 returning starters)
The Thunderbirds have a lot to replace on offense, but good existing depth within the program should suffice. As mentioned, the offensive line will undergo a bit of an overhaul, as will the running back and quarterback positions.
"We have a lot of confidence in both Isaiah (Holloway) and Preston (Brown) to get us the ball and to be great quarterbacks," Covey said. "At running back we'll have Kendall Tu'ua and Porter Case, and we have great offensive line coaches, so I think we'll be solid at every position.
(4-3; 6 returning starters)
As mentioned, Timpview is poised to have a completely dominant defense — perhaps the best it's fielded since 2007. That year it was players such as Craig Bills and Chris Badger leading the way at defensive back. This year, with players like Reid and Nacua, the defensive ends could be taking the lead.
"I think our defensive ends are very good, but like I said, I don't think you can take just one position group on defense and label them as the strength," Whittingham said. "I think all 11 guys who start could be considered a strength, and that's a strength in itself."
Coach’s preseason Region 8 straw poll: First
Deseret News Region 8 prediction: First
Bottom line: Timpview lost a lot from last year, but considering the existing depth within the program, it shouldn't be a problem to replace them. Defensively the team is stacked, and opponents will have a tough time scoring in double-figures. Subsequently the Thunderbirds should romp through Region 8 and make it to at least the state semifinals, and could likely repeat as state champions.
Timpview coaching history
2012 — Cary Whittingham (9-5)
2005-2011 — Louis Wong (77-10)
1990-2004 — Chad Van Orden (134-38)
1985-1989 — Garry Walker (30-24)
1982-1984 — Sam Hard (15-13)
1977-1981 — Paul Gillespie (25-23)
Deseret News Mr. Football recipients
2008 — Craig Bills, DB
Deseret News MVPs the past 10 years
2012 — Jake Lloyd, QB
2009 — Ofa Latu, LB
2008 — Xavier Su'a-Filo
2007 — Dominique Moe, LB
2006 — Jackson Owen, RB
2004 — Stephen Covey, QB
Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years
2012 — Dax Raymond, WR
2012 — Pita Taumoepenu, DL
2011 — Rickey Shumway, WR
2011 — Josh Burr, LB
2010 — Christian Covey, QB
2010 — Kalvin Cusick, OL
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