Sr., Greenwich: The Class LL champs were hit hard by graduation, but Barber’s back after catching 10 touchdown passes last year and throwing one in the state final.
Sr., Hand: Standout athlete, committed to UConn to play baseball, threw for 1,740 yards and 23 touchdowns last year and ran for another 578 yards, earning first-team New Haven Register All-State honors.
Sr., Sheehan: New England-champion sprinter ran for 2,481 yards and 34 touchdowns last season as the Titans reached the Class M semifinals.
Jr., Bloomfield: Just a junior, but he has two years, nearly 4,000 passing yards, 56 touchdown passes and a state championship on his resume already. Took a step forward last year to 2,306 passing yards.
Sr., Hand: Columbia-bound, the first-team New Haven Register All-State defensive lineman had 11.5 sacks among 29.5 tackles for a loss last season for the undefeated Class L champions.
Sr., St. Joseph: A 6-foot-2 receiver, he steps into the marquee role after a couple of graduations. Caught two of his 15 touchdown passes in the Class M state championship game.
Sr., Shelton: As the Gaels replace lots of their skill, this 6-foot-6, 315-pound offensive tackle will help give them time to make plays.
Sr., Amity: Big defensive lineman (among other roles) helped the Spartans to their first .500 season in a decade last year.
Sr., Weston: Three-sport standout (he’s an all-state lacrosse midfielder) threw for 1,825 yards and ran for nearly 600 more last year. Returned an interception for a touchdown, while he was at it.
Sr., Waterbury Career Academy: An all-state linebacker, but he did a bit of everything for the Spartans, with 16.5 sacks, 1,168 rushing yards (and 19 touchdowns) and an interception return for a score, among others.
Jr., Wilton: A 6-foot-4, 290-pound offensive and defensive tackle, he was a first-team All-FCIAC pick last year as a sophomore. Drawing college interest.
Sr., Ansonia: The latest in a long line of Ansonia running backs burst onto the scene with 2,100 rushing yards, including 19 touchdowns among 202 carries as a junior.
Sr., Brookfield: A big piece of a playoff team a year ago, when he ran for 1,300 yards and 15 touchdowns. He had four sacks and recovered three fumbles on defense.
Sr., Berlin: An all-state player a year ago, he made 25 tackles for loss from defensive end. He’ll take on a bigger role in the offense, too; he ran 62 times and caught 23 passes a year ago.
Sr., Danbury: Defensive end (6-foot-4, 225 pounds) flew under the radar; wasn’t an all-state player despite 11 sacks, but he committed to Boston College earlier this year.
Sr., Branford: Three-year starter (14 touchdown passes last year) is one of nine offensive starters returning for the Hornets, one reason some see them as a team that can make noise in Class M.
Sr., E.O. Smith: A shoulder injury limited him to six games last year. He still had 15 sacks for 101 yards. A key piece on an experienced line.
Soph., Bloomfield: Part of a big group of returning receivers for the Warhawks, Massey broke out for 30 catches, including 14 touchdowns, as a freshman.
Sr., Hand: Teammates get more attention, but he ran for over 1,300 yards and 33 touchdowns last year, and he had 16.5 tackles for a loss at linebacker.
Sr., St. Joseph: One of several returning linemen for the Cadets. Morrissey was all over the defensive statistics last year, nine sacks, 15 hurries, three forced fumbles, two blocked punts.
Sr., New Canaan: Led the Rams to the Class L championship as a freshman and has progressed from there. Notre Dame commit threw for 2,602 yards last year and 30 touchdowns.
Sr., West Haven: After stints in New Jersey at Bergen Catholic and in Georgia at Eagle’s Landing, the 6-foot-3 Rentas has come home to West Haven to quarterback the Blue Devils.
Jr., Ansonia: Stepped in at quarterback as a sophomore and threw for 900 yards and 17 touchdowns for the Chargers, Class S semifinalists. Can run and throw.
Sr., St. Joseph: Beginning his fourth year as the Cadets’ feature back, Shirden has run for almost 3,500 yards and scored 60 times on the ground.
Sr., St. Joseph: Modest numbers belie the monster disruptor that Williams, a New Haven Register All-State first-team defensive lineman, was for the Cadets as a junior.