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Football Preview 2013: Truman PHOTO
Truman's Devonte McGregor will help lead the Cougars this season as they look to defend their Downriver League title.
As the weeks went on, it became very clear that the Cougars could not be overlooked.
Through the first four weeks of the season, the team did not allow their opponent more than two touchdowns and also recorded two shutout victories.
Roosevelt was the only team Truman lost to, both in the regular season and in the playoffs and the Cougars found themselves in a three-way tie with Roosevelt and Woodhaven for the Downriver League Championship.
Now, this year, the Cougars will be playing with a target on their back.
“Truman, before last year wasn’t looked at as a real football school,” Coach Eric Stiegel said. “I think some people probably didn’t like us at the time.
“We’ll have the target and we know that people will probably prepare a little bit different for us than in the past. We know we have to be better because teams are really going to come at us wanting the revenge factor.”
Stiegel is looking to his big seniors to lead the way this year, especially the captains.
Tight end and linebacker, Donavin Rubens (6-foot-1, 210 pounds), running back, linebacker Devonte McGregor (6-4, 205), offensive and defensive lineman Aaron Marshal (6-0, 310), offensive lineman and defensive back Quinn Wurmlinger (5-9, 188) and safety and running back D’ante Barrow (6-0, 181) are all expected to contribute this season.
“They’re guys that played a lot last year, so we kind of expect them to take the reins and the leadership,” Stiegel said.
Fighting for spots at quarterback will be senior Devontae McCuien (6-0, 168) and senior Tyler Davis (6-0, 154).
Stiegel says their experience from last year is carrying over to this season to help the team learn.
“They know what we did well last year and what we didn’t do well,” he said. “They have had experience with what needs to be done to be a championship team (and) they know what it takes for the preparation.”
Practices have been going well and Stiegel says his guys now know what to expect.
“There’s not as much confusion with certain things,” he said. “Although there’s still a lot of teaching, they understand the process of it.”
Right now, Stiegel says his team is moving in the right direction and ready to play.
Up first for the Cougars will be co-league champ Woodhaven and Stiegel and his team know it will be a challenge.
“We’re all Woodhaven right now,” he said. “It’s gonna be a very good game.
“They have a real good coaching staff there (and) they’re gonna be a challenge for us. But to have two of the teams that were league champs; it’s should be a good opener.”
Despite taking things one game at a time, the postseason is in the back of their minds and Stiegel often reminds his players that to be as good as they can be at the end of the season they have to get better every day.
“You can look at the big picture and see what’s attainable for the kids, and you don’t want to lose sight of that,” he said. “But you have to make sure that you are ready for what’s right in front of you.
“They know that by being focused on an individual day, it’s gonna help them long term down the road.”
Last Updated: 8/26/2013 11:33:51 AM EST