Dual threat quarterback Tyler Finnes returns but the Huskies lost all of his offensive partners to graduation. Not to worry, said one Northwest Suburban Conference coach, because “coach [Rich] Wilkie and his staff always seem to find and develop good skill guys.” Defensively, the Huskies feature four returning starters with solid credentials. Linebacker Ryan Emmerich earned honorable mention all-conference honors and Gabe Wolfe is poised to reach a similar level. Thomas Anderson (three-year starter) and Tyler Hartmann (most sacks among linemen) anchor the defense line.

Gabe Wolfe, LB, Andover

Though he doesn’t get headlines, Wolfe is poised to give opposing offenses headaches. He possesses the size (6-4, 220), speed (4.7 40-yard dash) and smarts (A student) to make plays sideline to sideline. “Gabe is coming in with much less hype than some of our great linebackers in the past but is probably as good or better than any we’ve had,” Huskies coach Rich Wilkie wrote in an e-mail. “He will be the core and heart of the defense this fall.”

Antonio Ford, RB, Coon Rapids

Injuries limited him to six games but he showed flashes of his game-breaking ability with 191 yards rushing against Champlin Park and 368 yards rushing and five touchdowns against Elk River — as a sophomore. Carried the ball more than 23 times in four of his six games and fumbled just once. He’s prepared to carry the load again after adding 20 pounds in the offseason.


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