The Radford Bobcats have plenty of tradition, dating back to Norm Lineburg's days on the sidelines at the field now named in his honor.
Matthew Saunders begins his 6th season following Lineburg, and he'll have his work cut out for him, with just 7 starters returning, 3 on offense and 4 on defense.
“They're in a system and they've been in it since eighth grade so they kind of know what's going on already,” Saunders said. “We just are moving people around some and seeing which one can play here or there and adjusting that way. I think we're athletic. Offensively, I think we can be athletic. We've just gotta do a better job up front. Defensively, we'll be young over there and some new kids, so strength may be linebacker and defensive backs.
Hunter Marshall returns at quarterback and he'll engineer the Bobcats option attack, starting Friday night when Radford opens the season against Pulaski County.