When asked to describe his team, Steel Valley coach Rod Steele got right to the point, calling his group "young and athletic."
The Ironmen have 13 returning starters. Only four of them are seniors and many of the returnees play skill positions.
DeWayne Murray (5-9, 180, Soph., RB) is one of the WPIAL's emerging stars. Murray was one of only two WPIAL freshmen — the only one in Class AA — to make an all-conference team last season. He rushed for 1,488 yards with an average of 10.7 yards per carry. Division I schools are already showing interest.
Tremiere Redden (6-2, 190, TE/LB) is another promising sophomore. A few of the top juniors are Cameron Brookins (5-10, 180, WR/DB), Diego Lopez (5-10, 210, OL/DE) and Elisha Hughes (5-11, 195, FB/LB).