Offensive Line - Four of last year's starters were seniors - including Dustin Finn, Fernando Franco, Jonathan Llama (all 2nd LSC North) and Jeremy Palmoore (HM LSC North).
Defensive Secondary - The Bronchos must replace Matt Gates, TJ Shaw (both 1st LSC North) and Marcus Martinez (HM LSC North). Ellis White (HM LSC North) heads up a group of returnees that has 6 seniors among them.
Quarterback - Brandon Noohi (2nd LSC North) returns, but will be a senior. No experience at the backup spots.
Running Back - Da'Marean Pullen and Jason Palmer are both seniors. No experience behind them.
Defensive Line - Lost Micah Howeth (1st LSC North) and Kenneth Pointer (2nd LSC North) from last year. Jermelle Cudjo (1st LSC North) and Freddie Harris (2nd LSC North) are back, but both will be seniors, and not a great deal of experience beyond them.
Wide Receiver - Ryan Gallimore (1st LSC North) and Kendall Hendricks (2nd LSC North) headline the returnees. The top 5 returnees combined for 142 receptions, 1,761 yards adn 12 TDs. This year is okay, but four are seniors.
Linebackers - Losing KC Asidou (1st LSC North) hurts, but Terry Hardeman (2nd LSC North) and Terrence Hill (HM LSC North) are back. Both are seniors.
The reigning LSC North champions lost a lot of talent from last year's squad, but still has quite a bit coming back. Most of the returning starters (and LSC honorees from last year) will be seniors, so UCO needs to be prepared for their departures. Defensive lineman, Joey Fowler (transfer Texas Tech) and RB Josh Birmingham (Wyoming) should be immediate contributors. From the high school ranks, offensive linemen Cody Hughes and David Lamb stand out, and QB Taylor McBane could compete for the QB job in 2010. Defensively, the top high school recruits are defensive backs - Randy Stanley, Ozell Littleton, Brad Harmon and Jeremy Harris.
LSC Ranking - 4
Overall Grade: A-
The Bronchos brought in a few players who should be in the mix of things from the start, and a solid group of high schoolers to address longer term needs. Keep an eye out for some of the high schoolers this fall, with so many players gone from last year's team, they may get a chance early on in the collegiate careers.