Countdown to kickoff: Mansfield Timberview

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Mansfield Timberview

District 7-5A

Coach: James Brown

Last season: 3-7 (2-5 in District 7-5A)

Key players: DB Brandon Simmons (6-0, 185); DB Ed Paris (6-1, 205); QB Tevin Muse (5-9, 170); WR Myron Galliard (5-9, 170); SS Rashaad Burton (6-0, 200); OL Dorian Brown (6-3, 265); LB Brandon Garner (5-11, 200)

The big picture: Looking to bounce back from a disappointing campaign in 2012, the Wolves will have to lean heavily on their defense this year, especially early. With nine starters returning on that side of the ball, including several with Division I talent, Timberview should prove a test for just about any offense it faces. Almost the complete opposite situation exists on the offensive side of the ball, where just a trio of starters are back. The defense is highlighted by its secondary, which features LSU commitment Ed Paris and Stanford pledge Brandon Simmons. And though the secondary gets a lot of the attention, Timberview has a pair of defensive tackles who earned all-district honors last season and all three linebackers return. Offensively, the good news is that QB Tevin Muse is among the few returning players with experience. He started seven games last season. A key figure in the Wolves’ attack will be Myron Galliard, who will line up in as many as five positions on offense. The entire offensive line has to be rebuilt, but coach James Brown was pleased with its progress over the spring and summer. A committee of running backs is expected to give the Wolves some different looks and options in the backfield.

Quotable: “Having game-time experience in our district is vital. It’s key to success. So with those guys back on the defense, we’re relying on those guys to keep us in games this year.” — coach James Brown

Notable: The last time Timberview had a 3-7 season (2010), the Wolves followed it with a trip all the way to the 5A Division II state semifinals.

— Shawn Smajstrla

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