“We’re multiple just as much, probably, on defense as we are on offense,” Hurst said. “That’s a testament to the kids and to our staff that they’re going to get the guys ready to play.”
Griffeth returns at linebacker after leading the team in tackles a year ago. Johnson had a big 2011 at free safety, and will assume the same role in 2012.
Another player Hurst is looking forward to see get to work this season is Napoleon Johnson.
Johnson had big contribution on special teams for the Eagles last year and has been voted one of the team’s captains. This season, he will continue to play on special teams but will be counted on more at linebacker and tight end.
The defense will look to lead Eastside in a new region as it steps up to Class AAAA after playing in AAA a year ago. To do that it will look to blend new players in with its few starters.
“We have back five starters so, are we inexperienced? Yes,” Hurst said.
Eastside will continue to run the ball in 2012 but will do so with a different tempo as the Eagles go to a no-huddle offense.
Eastside will switch from traditional green helmets to silver this season.