Saturday, July 26, 2008

PrepNation 101 Preseason FB Countdown: No. 55 Oceanside

55. Oceanside (Calif.)

Last season’s record: 13-1, CIF San Diego Division II and state Division II champion

Coach: John Carroll

Key players: QB Jordan Wynn (6-2, 175, Sr.), OT/DT Brian Schwenke (6-4, 250, Sr.), OL/DL Thomas Molesi (6-1, 260, Sr.), WR Osmond Nicholas (6-2, 200, Sr.), WR/DB J.J. Whittaker (5-9, 160, Jr.), LB/DE Justin Va’enna (6-0, 235, Sr.)

Biggest strength: Passing game, linebackers, secondary

Question mark: Depth

Outlook: The Pirates nabbed their first state bowl championship and eighth CIF section crown last season. Five starters on each side of the ball return led by Colorado-bound quarterback Wynn. As a junior, he completed 166-of-283 passes (59 percent) for 2,589 yards and 21 touchdowns. The offensive line should be strong with the return of Molesi and California recruit Schwenke. The receiving corps are in good shape with Whittaker and San Diego State commit Nicholas returning to duty. Va-enna will bring leadership and toughness to the defense.

Toughest games: Sept. 19 vs. Mira Mesa

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