This Saturday college football returns, as the reigning back-to-back NAIA National Champions return to Bishop D’Arcy.
Gone is the NAIA Player of the Year in Nick Ferrer, but his running mate in the backfield Justin Green remains.
With key defensive play-makers back, hungry for more, a three-peat for No. 1 Saint Francis, is well within its grasp.
"I think we’re outstanding," Saint Francis head coach Kevin Donley said of his defense before Saturday night’s scrimmage.
"You have back-side linebackers running down backs all the way across the field."
"We have great speed at the second level, and we are stout inside at the first level."
"We react to the football extremely well at third."
Cougars senior linebacker Eric Dunten is ready for a legendary finish to his college career.
"I’m really ready," the Carroll grad, Dunten, said.
"It’s my last season to go out and ball out, and I’m just excited to go out and ball out with my brothers."
With a defense that could just be Donley’s best yet, the development of transfer quarterback Matt Crable could be the final piece to another championship puzzle.
"Been awhile since I’ve played actual football," Crable said.
"The last time I played significant downs was my senior year of high school, so I’m really, really ready to go."
The Cougars kick off their season opener August 25 at home against Robert Morris at 5 p.m.