Posted On: 04/1/17 5:15 PM
Last Season: 11-2, Lost in Prep Bowl XXXV
Returning Starters: 5 O, 3 D
Player to Watch: Benny Sapp III, DB
Last season’s runner-up is the big-school favorite this offseason. Eden Prairie returns eight starters and should have the services of Benny Sapp III, the No. 1 ranked recruit in Minnesota’s Class of 2018 who’s coming off a knee injury.
Five of the returners are on offense, including quarterback Cole Kramer and running back Solo Falaniko. Kramer settled into the starting role under center as a sophomore, finishing with over 900 yards and 12 touchdowns, against zero interceptions. Falaniko should again be the Eagles bell cow in the backfield after rushing for over 1,400 yards with 17 scores last fall.
The Eagles defense won’t be as talented as last season’s group, which earned seven shutouts. The strength of the unit will be the secondary with Sapp, D.J. Johnson, and Kyler Kluge all returning. Senior Antonio Montero, an All-District Honorable Mention performer last season, will continue to hold down the middle linebacker position.