Written by Matt Wixon
Jesuit spring football report: Jake Oliver among Rangers' stars back
How the 2011 season ended: Jesuit, which finished second to Skyline in District 9-5A, lost to Sachse, 49-42, in the first round of the playoffs. Jesuit finished the season 8-3.
Key returning starters: Jake Oliver, a 6-4, 200-pound senior receiver, is one of the state's top recruits. He led area 5A receivers in receptions (108), yards (1,637) and touchdowns (23). Jesuit also returns a pair of all-district honorees: senior offensive tackle Jake Gustafson (6-5, 270) and linebacker Jordan Mastrogiovani (6-2, 225). Senior defensive end J.D. Waggoner (6-2, 220) is also part of 12 returning starters and 42 seniors on the roster.
Biggest questions facing team: Senior quarterback Jack Brezette is returning from a broken leg that ended his junior season after three extremely productive games. Brezette threw for 1,064 yards and 13 touchdowns before the injury, and coach Brandon Hickman said the QB is looking strong in spring. "His leg is completely healed up," Hickman said, "and he's moving around well and throwing the ball well." ... Hickman also said spring practices are helping the coaches find depth for the offensive and defensive lines.
Notable: Jesuit also returns its leading rusher from a year ago, Garrett Van de Ven. As a junior, he rushed 86 times for 548 yards and eight touchdowns and was the 9-5A Newcomer of the Year.
He said it: "The expectations are high, but I tell the kids that the expectations don't get us anything. We have to keep working hard in practice every day, and if we keep working hard in practice, things will work themselves out in the fall." - Coach Brandon Hickman
Spring football game info: 7:30 p.m. Friday (May 18), Jesuit Stadium
Season opener: vs. vs. Loyola Academy (Ill.) in Dublin, Ireland on 8/31
Full regular season schedule:
Aug. 31: vs. Loyola Academy (Ill.) at Dublin, Ireland at 4 p.m.
Sept. 7: vs. Keller Fossil Ridge at 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 14: at Houston Strake Jesuit at 7 p.m.
Sept. 28: vs. Skyline at 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 5: vs. Richardson Berkner at 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 12: at W.T White at 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 19: vs. Lake Highlands at 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 26: at Richardson Pearce at 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 2: vs. Sunset at 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 9: at Richardson at 7:30 p.m.