Rebels begin fall camp
The West Monroe football team begins fall camp this week and it is time to look at three of the top storylines going into camp.
There are plenty of players that will make an impact this season so narrowing the list down to just three keys was a tall task that WM Sports Report did its best.
1. OFFENSIVE OVERHAUL
The Rebel offense welcomes eight new starters and some coaches in new positions this season. The Rebels said goodbye to current Alabama freshman Slade Bolden. Bolden was quarterback and jack-of-all trades at times for the Rebels and was a touchdown machine.
Junior quarterback Garrett Kahmann steps into the role and had a big fourth quarter relieving Bolden in a semifinal loss to Zachary last season.
Running back Cam Wright returns which is a big boost because the entire offensive line is first-year starters but has high expectations.
The staff shakeup included quarterbacks coach Todd Garvin departing to Ruston while running backs coach Joey Adams takes over there and Joe Breen was promoted to running backs coach. Former Carroll and Richwood assistant Cedric Goins has also joined the Rebels.
2. GETTING DEFENSIVE
West Monroe returns Nine starters on defense and the unit is being touted as one of the best, on paper, to come through West Monroe in quite some time.
Defensive lineman Dalvin Hutchinson (UL-Lafayette) and linebacker Chandler Moncrief (Northwestern State) are two college commits that will lead the charge.
Senior defensive linemen Andrew Gleason and Ethan Swanner return from season-ending injuries and Carson Jones and interception leader Brooks Miller (off-season shoulder surgery) are among some of the top returners for this unit.
If things stay on the healthy side, look for points to come at a premium against this unit.
3. THE SCHEDULE WILL PREPARE
McGill=Toolen is one of the best teams in Alabama and Nouxbee County is the defending 4A champions in Mississippi.
Along with a date with Louisiana 4A power and rival Neville plus road trips to Ouachita and Ruston, the schedule is no slouch.
West Monroe will know where it stands early on.