Written by Matt Wixon
DeSoto had an amazing 14-1 season in 2012: What's next for the Eagles?
DeSoto's offense last season was as exciting as any I've seen in recent years. Star RB Dontre Wilson was a big reason for that, and he's now off to Ohio State. Only two starters return from that DeSoto offense, so I'm not surprised that so many DeSoto fans have asked how good the Eagles' offense will be this season.
(In general, I'm not surprised how many DeSoto fans have asked how good the Eagles will be this season. DeSoto's fan base has seemed to grow as much or more as any other in the last five years, at least judging by the very unscientific data of e-mailed questions and Twitter activity.)
I think DeSoto's offense is still going to be lots of fun to watch - and nightmarish for defensive coordinators. As long as the DeSoto OL can give QB Desmon White time to operate as a passer and runner, the Eagles have weapons.
Last season White passed for 3,524 yards and 34 touchdowns and rushed for 1,413 yards and 12 scores. WR Chris Lacy (6-2, 191), who has Big 12 offers, should be a favorite target.
But the key for DeSoto could be how much it returns on defense. The Eagles have eight returning starters on defense, led by Nick Orr. The all-district DB, a senior who plays safety for DeSoto and coach Claude Mathis has described as the "Ed Reed of the secondary," needs to stay healthy. He got dinged up in 7-on-7 and the Eagles' D wasn't the same in bracket play. (DeSoto still made it to the 7-on-7 semis).
DeSoto's D also brings back DT Bryce English, who had 20 tackles for loss last season and was the District 7-5A Co-Defensive Sophomore of the Year.
Last year, DeSoto had its best season ever with a 14-1 finish that included a spot in the 5A Division I semifinals. We'll see how the Eagles follow up on that.