Countdown to kickoff: Arlington Lamar Vikings

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Arlington Lamar

District 4-6A

Last season: 9-3 (6-1 in District 3-5A)

Key players: QB Shane Buechele (6-1, 185), OT Keaton Bates (6-4, 270), DT Kukuka Kasuba (6-2, 315), CB Madre Harper (6-1, 175)

The big picture : Arlington Lamar heads into the season focused in on its strengths. Luckily the Vikings’ biggest strength is in junior quarterback Shane Buechele, who threw for 1,417 yards and 14 touchdowns last season while also rushing for 371 yards and three touchdowns. Buechele holds offers from Kentucky, Oklahoma, TCU, Texas and Texas Tech heading into the season. Coach Trent Fuller has shifted his offense to fit to that strength, leaning more to a pass-friendly spread offense. It also fits into one of his biggest concerns — depth on the offensive line. Lamar does return tackle Keaton Bates, who holds an offer from Louisiana-Monroe, but it needs to find several other players to fill holes on the line. On defense, Fuller said it will remain a 4-2-5 scheme, but with some tweaks to fit his personnel. Ultimately, the goal this season is to reach the third round of the playoffs after Lamar saw its season end in the second round the past two seasons.

Quotable: “Our offense will be a little bit more spread. Last year, we had a huge offensive line that was very powerful, and we had two tight-end types that we kept on the field a lot. We’ll probably be a little bit more of the spread look, although we’ll still be multiple on the offensive side.” — coach Trent Fuller

“Yeah, I’m excited about the offense we’re going to put in. I think we’re going to be throwing it a little more. I love throwing the ball, so I think it will be a good season with the offense we have.” — quarterback Shane Buechele

Notable: While Lamar has some holes to fill at the varsity level, the Vikings’ junior varsity had an undefeated 10-0 season last year.

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