Coach: Frank Parks (fifth year)
Last season: 7-5 (lost to Scott County in second round of Class 6A playoffs)
Outlook: The first class of seniors to come in under Parks departed in May, meaning talents like Andre Davis, Devon Key and Mikel Horton — all of whom signed with Division I schools — must be replaced. The Defenders are young but deep at the skill positions, particularly wide receiver and defensive back. Station’s strength should lie in its line play, which will be fortified by a trio of 300-pound hulks in Shane Burks, Myles Garr and Michael Thomas.
Other expected contributors: Quinten Floyd (sr. DE/QB), Desmond Bernard (sr. WR), Chris Jones (jr. RB/S), Romel Croley (jr. LB), Erron Mitchell (jr. DB), Z Overton (jr. DB), Josh Marcum (sr. LB), Maliq Trigg (jr. WR), Jacob Kenney (so. DB), Jalen Burbage (so. QB/WR), Kendrick Curry (so. WR)
Floyd does a bit of everything. The 6-foot-2, 245-pound standout saw time at quarterback last season when Davis was hobbled. He’ll split reps with sophomore Jalen Burbage — son of former Bryan Station/UK wide receiver Cornell Burbage — but also will leave a mark on the defensive line and at tight end. He’s committed to play defensive end at Eastern Kentucky University.
“I’m a team guy, so whatever I have to play I’ll do,” Floyd said.
Being a leader on a young team presents some fun opportunities and interesting challenges.
“The good thing about it is they’re really talented,” Floyd said. “But the bad thing is some have a hard time catching on to things and we have to go over it more. But I think we’ll be all right. ... I’ve learned a lot of patience from it.”
Parks: “We have some kids with some skill and some talent, but the IQ has to pick up and the knowledge of the game has got to improve because things happen on the fly. When we play better teams, and they’re in their positions and where they’re supposed to be, that’s how you beat good teams. You can’t win off athleticism.”
Junior receiver Maliq Trigg: “We’re pretty young. ... We’ve been puttin’ in some work like we don’t really have anything. That’s what people think, but we got some stuff in store. Expectations are still high.”
(All times p.m.; home games in capital letters)
Aug. 20: x-Wayne Co., 5:30
Aug. 26: at Simon Kenton, 7:30
Sept. 2: at Cooper, 7:30
Sept. 9: at Madison Central, 7:30
Sept. 16: MEADE CO., 7:30
Sept. 23: TATES CREEK, 7:30
Sept. 30: at Lafayette, 7:30
Oct. 7: at Paul Dunbar, 7:30
Oct. 14: SCOTT CO., 7:30
Oct. 21: at Henry Clay, 7:30
x-Roy Kidd Bowl at Madison Central
2016 High school football preview