Coach Warren said, "It feels great to have them back as a team, as a unit, out here on the grass. You know all that hard work you put in in the weight room and through out the summer getting up early. This is what it's for. This is why we come to play. It's exciting to be back out here."
The Eagles have lots of questions on both sides of the ball with the graduation of 16 starters from 2012, and juniors will be counted on to step up. New starting quarterback Derek Scott is one of those juniors. He and 7 others step into starting positions in 2013, and coach Warren says they can get the job done.
He said, "Some of those guys are in prominent roles that are going to have to be playmakers for us. It's their turn, and they understand that. Derek's been around here a long time, but I have every bit of confidence he'll step into that quarterback role and lead our offense in a special way."
The defense is looking for 8 new starters, too, but the defensive line is rock solid. Last spring, Warren said the line of Jake McMillon, Gabriel Jordan, and Miquel Espinoza might be the best group in the nation. Their presence will make the transition easier for the new starters.
Warren added, "It's an old coaching cliche, but it really does start up front. If somebody can't block those guys, they'll never get to the rest of the guys. It allows those younger guys, the linebackers, those safeties, to get a little more acclamated, knowing they don't have to make every single play because those guys up front are special."