By Bob Lundeberg
Over the next few weeks, SBLive Oregon will break down every 6A, 5A and 4A football team in the state in anticipation of a six-week season in March and April. Even if the season is postponed or canceled, we will continue to highlight more than a hundred teams and more than a thousand players in Oregon. Here’s our look at the South Albany RedHawks of the Class 5A Mid-Willamette Conference.
Jeff Louber, first season
2019 AT A GLANCE
Overall record: 2-7
League record: 2-7, tied for seventh in Mid-Willamette
Playoffs: Did not qualify
ALL-LEAGUE PLAYERS DEPARTED
WR/DB/KR Isaiah Gilliam, first-team kick returner, second-team offense and defense
LB Parker Romviel, honorable mention
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Austin McCormick, sr., OL/DL
A two-way all-Mid-Willamette Conference honorable mention recipient as a junior, McCormick is a sturdy, undersized lineman for the RedHawks. Louber said McCormick provides leadership both vocally and by example on a team with many sophomores and juniors. “He is Mr. Dependable,” Louber said. “His attitude and effort is something I’m looking forward to the younger kids learning from.”
Tyler Seiber, jr., RB/LB
Seiber started at tailback as a freshman and earned all-MWC honorable mention on offense and defense last season. The junior will play both ways again this season and is one of the most experienced players in the program. “Tyler has excellent vision and lightning-fast acceleration,” Louber said.
Devin Jones, jr., WR/DB
Another junior who played a major role as an underclassman, Jones made all-MWC honorable mention at wide receiver last season. He is a vocal leader with terrific hands, Louber said. “He runs excellent routes and is one of the most competitive kids on the team,” Louber added.
Kaden Younger, so., QB
Only a sophomore, Younger is South Albany’s projected starter at quarterback entering the season. He is the son of former RedHawks coach David Younger, now an assistant coach at Willamette University. “Kaden has great vision, a great mind for the game, a superb arm and has the makings of a collegiate-level quarterback,” Louber said.