Logansport football coach Brad Urban is entering his second year at the helm, which means he knows his players better and his players know what he wants from them.
He’s hoping that leads to improvement this season in year two of the Urban project.
“I think in a lot of ways I’m more familiar with our team from a personnel standpoint,” Urban said. “We’ve made some changes on the offensive and defensive lines and I think that will help. We’re still thin there and do not have a lot of depth.
“We’re still trying to get more big kids interested in playing football. It’s a challenge right now. But we have a bigger offensive line than we had a year ago. They have more size so hopefully over the course of the year they won’t get wore down as much. We’ve got good size. Everybody is over 200 pounds except our center and most of them move pretty well.”
The Berries return quite a bit of experience in their backfield although they did lose 1,000-yard rusher Bo Bullard to graduation.
Junior Ryan Schrock (5-5, 145) will be back under center as the starting quarterback. Last year he passed for 404 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 424 yards and five TDs.
Senior Jacob Shelton (5-10, 180) saw some time at fullback a year ago and will be the starter this season. He rushed for 148 yards and a TD and also saw quite a bit of time at linebacker last year.
The Berries also have a pair of experienced halfbacks back in seniors Isaac Eastburn (5-5, 155) and Marcus Record (5-10, 170). Eastburn is the team’s leading returning rusher, as he rushed for 518 yards and three TDs and averaged 7.0 yards per carry a year ago. Record was the team’s leading receiver a year ago with 10 catches for 196 yards and added 166 yards on the ground while also seeing time on defense.