Braden Engleman

96 Days to Kickoff: Morris

96 Days to Kickoff: Morris preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting Aug. 5, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 30.

School: Morris

Head coach: Alan Thorson

Assistant coaches: Greg Larsen, John Courter, Keith Anderson, Justin Zink, Matt Seidel, Danny Hoffman, Derek Johnston, Brandon Valentine, Brian Kasher, Ryan Clauson and Tyler Hartley

How they fared in 2018: 4-5 (0-4 Northern Illinois Big 12 East). Morris failed to qualify for the 2018 IHSA state football playoff field.
2019 regular season schedule:

Aug. 30 vs Coal City
Sept. 6 @ Manteno
Sept. 13 vs Rochelle
Sept. 20 @ Plano
Sept. 27 vs Ottawa
Oct. 4 @ Sycamore
Oct. 11 @ LaSalle-Peru
Oct. 18 vs Kaneland
Oct. 25 vs Sandwich

Biggest storyline: The fresh start-- in multiple areas. Can the Redskins bounce back from a disappointing 2018 season? And how will they fare in a new conference?

Names to watch this season: QB/DE Zach Reddinger (Sr.) and OL/DL Braden Engleman (Sr.) 

Biggest holes to fill: The Redskins will need to replace quite a bit of lost offensive production with the graduation loss of QB Mitch Mayberry. 

EDGY's Early Take: It is a rare occurence when Morris football finishes with a losing recond. But I fully expect the Redskins to have a big rebound in 2019. Morris will play in a much more friendly conference --both from an enrollment and local rivalry/travel standpoint-- in the Interstate Eight. The program has been battle tested over the last several seasons in the now-defunct Northern Illinois Big 12 East.