Coach Leo Paur takes over the reins at Carbon this year and, for a team that competes at the 3A level, the numbers on his football team are more comparable to 2A-level teams.
"I am concerned about depth," said Paur, "but I am pleased with what I see."
Just a few days into his new assignment, Paur said, "I was told I might have only 18 kids, but 36 showed up at an optional practice to meet me."
He said the Dinos will probably field a JV team but not a sophomore team. "I am trying to get as many sophomores out as possible," he said.
There are two junior programs in the Carbon area and each has good participation. "But somehow," said Paur, "It (participation) doesn't translate to high school. I am trying to find out why that is."
Paur said he really felt good about meeting with the parents. An open meeting was held and "everyone was very supportive," he said.
Paur's coaching credentials include eight years as defensive coordinator in Glendale, Calif., and five years as an assistant at Alta under Mitch Lunak. He doesn't know much about the Carbon team yet, but returning seniors on the roster include Tysen Stevens, a first team all region selection from last year; and four second team picks: Joey Keller, Jake Knighton, Jordan Tatton and Lance Deeter.
Stevens is a big receiver at 6-foot-3, 210 pounds. He can play both tight end and wideout positions. If he remains healthy, he could make the biggest impact on the team.
Keller plays quarterback and, at 6-foot-3, he has good size. Knighton and Tatton bring more experience to the receiver positions. Deeter looks to be solid on the offensive line and plays linebacker on the defense.
Derek Mills sat out last year but was a starter as a sophomore at defensive back and wide receiver and will play this year.Last year the Dinos compiled a 2-7 record, but overall the team has more experience this year.
Carbon Dinos prep football preview
COACH: New coach Leo Paur is in his first year as a head coach but has 13 years experience as an assistant.
KEY PLAYERS: Tysen Stevens has potential to play at the next level and could figure prominently as a team leader. At quarterback, Joey Keller has the tools to make big plays.
QUESTION MARK: Even though there will be more experience this year, depth could be a problem.
LAST YEAR: 2-7, missed the playoffs.
PREDICTED REGION 8 FINISH: Sixth.
POSTSEASON POSSIBILITIES: With Paur's enthusiasm and bringing a new look to the school, anything is possible. But the reality is the Dinos will most likely come up short of making the postseason.
Aug. 22 DUCHESNE, 7 p.m.
Aug. 29 UINTAH, 7 p.m.
Sept. 5 at Altamont, 7 p.m.
Sept. 12 at Grantsville, 7 p.m.
Sept. 19 OGDEN, 7 p.m.
Sept. 26 at Emery, 7 p.m.
Oct. 3 DELTA, 7 p.m.
Oct. 10 at Salem Hills, 7 p.m.
Oct. 17 at Juan Diego, 7 p.m.
Oct. 24 NORTH SANPETE. 7 p.m.