Junior linebacker Evan Rollwagen leads a positional group that should be a strength for Miles Mac
Under the leadership of Dan Washnuk, the Miles Mac Buckeyes have been a consistent contender and 2019 should be no different with the squad returning 14 total starters from a year ago at the Division 2 level.
Washnuk is expecting big things from his Team Manitoba U18 players, which include playmaking receivers Nathan Udoh and Miciah Stone, offensive lineman Carson Chamberlain-Brass, defensive back Matt Graham (who will play QB this year) and linebacker Evan Rollwagen.
While each player has the ability to be a game-changer, Rollwagen -- a difference-maker as a grade ten in 2018 -- stands out. A relatively undersized linebacker, Washnuk noted that he's put hours into the gym and has great football IQ.
"His pre and post-snap reads keep getting cleaner. With the addition of his ability to pass rush, and his constantly improving tackling, he can be a difference maker on the defense."
Along with Rollwagen, Zach Chiarotto is another linebacker to watch out for. It's a positional group that should lead the team due to their "ability to anticipate, read and make plays" while allowing allowing the team more freedom at both the line and the back end to "get creative and have fun."
Key additions such as Isaiah Araya (Rec/DB), Sam Kayinde (RB/DB) and Eric Selley (DB) are also all expected to make plays for Miles Mac. The first two are basketball player with great athleticism while Selley has previous experience in the sport with "quality range and adaptability."
Damien Thomas is another high IQ player that will add to an "intelligent, mobile and athletic offensive line," while Aidan Van Den Driessche provides solid depth at the pivot position and had a solid spring.