Pat Monroe and his coaching staff begin the season with a roster about as green as the turf and grass they'll play on this fall. Monroe welcomes the challenge of fielding a lineup that has only a handful of returning starters.
"I think this is a unique situation," said Monroe, who is in his eighth season. "It's a great experience for us as coaches. We're enjoying every aspect of it because you have to prepare these guys. None of your opponents are going to wait for you. They're going to have to learn things on the fly."
No current player scored more than one touchdown last season, but Brenden Forrester (5-10, 195, Sr., RB) is the best bet to exceed that total the most. Forrester is also a returning starter at linebacker. The Gladiators lost running back Curtis Moore (914 yards, 15 touchdowns) to graduation. Alex Morgan (6-1, 280, Sr., OT) is back, as are three other returning starters on defense — Ian Naspinski (5-11, 290, Jr., DL), Jonathan Mayernik (6-2, 195, Sr., DB) and Tyler Hinerman (5-11, 175, Jr., DB).