Milan (4-5) missed the playoffs last season after finishing 10-1 in 2012 and 2013. This years Big Reds team is senior dominated and appear poised to make a run at a third Huron League title for 5th year Milan Head Coach Jesse Hoskins.
Junior RB Trace Lindeman leads an excellent core of skill players that return for Milan this season. Lindeman has great football speed and has rushed for nearly 2,400 yards and scored 25 TD's in his career. Junior Demetrius Barnes returns at QB after seeing time at the position most of the season. Barnes rushed for 463 yards and 5 TD's. Leading the way on the offensive line this season will be seniors Max Protske and Cody Brassey-Brierley. Senior Cam Elam will be the Big Reds best receiver while senior E.J Medvecz will play a variety of positions in Milan's offense.
Defensively, Milan will be led by two of the best defenders in the league in LB Cortez Gray and DE Jordan Hendricks. Senior LB Josh Griffin along with fellow senior DB's Justin York and Eric Price give the Big Reds a defense that is most likely to be much improved over a year ago.
Milan will travel to Marshall for the season opener on August 28th. The Big Reds have talent, but will need to stay away from injuries as they lack depth. Turnovers kept Milan from a winning season last year. If the last two games of 2014 are any indication, Milan should have a great season. Prediction: 8-1