After coming off a disappointing season in 2011, the Javelinas enter 2012 looking well above average. For a team that averaged 31 points and 454 yards per game and an offense that only loses two starters, there is no reason that Hog Nation can’t be a force to be reckoned with. Unfortunately, this is the same offense that gave up many turnovers in the process. Turnovers can be fixed, though.
Two offensive starters leave the Javelinas, QB Daniel Ramirez and OL Cory Baumann, players that played a significant role in the offensive success of the team.
Those losses are outweighed by the players they return, though. RB Jonathan Woodson, who was ranked number one in the Lone Star Conference and in the nation with 217 all purpose yards per game, returns for continued success. Also returning are the LSC’s top receivers in Robert Armstrong and Sherman Batiste.
Defensively, the Hogs lose four starters, but return LB Jeremy Aguilar.
Simple mistakes may have been the major contributor to a majority of the Javelina losses, but those can be easily addressed in the off-season.
Below is a list of key losses and returnees for the 2012 season.
Losses – Offense – Loses
just two starters, QB Daniel Ramirez and OL Cory Baumann. Defense loses four starters, DE Roderick Benman (2nd LSC, 16 TFL, 12 sacks), DT Johnny Tivao (HM LSC), LB Marcus Sanders (HM LSC) and DB Demontrelle Smith.
Returnees – Offense – RB Jonathan Woodson (1st LSC, 1st in the nation 217 all purpose yards per game), 3 WR (Robert Armstrong, Sherman Batiste both 1st LSC), part time starter Nate Poppell at QB, both TEs, and 7 linemen with at least 3 starts, 44 combined, both TEs. Defense – LB Jeremy Aguilar (1st LSC), two starting linemen, 7 DBs with a combined 47 starts. Collectively 7 of top 10, and 15 of top 20 in tackles.
Notes – The team is heavy on seniors at the skill positions on offense, and four of the top 7 linemen as well, while five of the top returnees on defense will be moving on after this upcoming season. No glaring weaknesses for the upcoming season, the offense averaged 31 points and 454 yards per game, while the defense allowed 349 yards and 30 points (offensive turnovers contributed to this).