After an injury-plagued season in 2014, Sheehan was more than ready to begin summer practice. The Titans were among 82 teams that conducted conditioning drills Monday, the first official day of the new season.
“It’s wonderful,” Sheehan junior Kevin Frisco said during Sunday’s SCC Media Night. “Now, being an upperclassmen, it’s a lot more exciting, just because I’m more used to everything. I think I’ll have a lot more fun this year than I did last year.”
Frisco was one of several Titans who missed significant time last season due to injury. Frisco cut the tip off of his left index finger after it got stuck in a helmet in a Week 2 loss against Amity. Frisco was sidelined for six games.
At one point last season, Sheehan was forced to insert its fourth-string quarterback due to the rash of injuries. The Titans lost their first eight games before winning their last three.
The new season brings new expectations. With a strong crop of skill players returning, Sheehan is confident it can improve upon last season’s 3-8 record.
“Obviously No. 1 is being competitive within the division (SCC Division II East) and in Division II,” Sheehan coach John Ferrazzi said. “I think this year our schedule is actually the most favorable its ever been. We’re excited about that. Depth will be an issue, our numbers have kind of dwindled a little bit over the years. The kids that we do have are very committed, they’re competitive, and I think they’re really looking forward for the season to start. Staying healthy will be huge for us. If we stay healthy, I think we have a chance.”
The Titans return a slew of skill players, including seniors Nolan Cloutier and Tyler Selmecki, who will each split time at quarterback and wide receiver this season.
“We’re excited that we have two seniors who are both capable of playing,” Ferrazzi said. “When one’s at quarterback, the other will be at receiver. They’re going to battle in the position. We’re prepared to play both of them if we have to because they both give us athletic elements, they’re a little bit different at both positions. We want to utilize them on a drive-by-drive, game-by-game basis. I think their play will really set itself apart.”
Junior Zach Davis (5-foot-9, 165 pounds) will be Sheehan’s featured running back after rushing 77 times for 653 yards and nine touchdowns as a sophomore. Davis is also the team’s leading returner in receiving (30 catches, 261 yards, three touchdowns).
“I think Zach Davis, he’s probably the fastest player we ever had in the program,” Ferrazzi said. “His versatility to be able to play, not only in the backfield, but his more natural position probably being at receiver, is going to be huge. There’s no question about it that we want him to get touches.”
Frisco (6-0, 220) brings a physical presence to the backfield. Davis and Frisco have the potential to be a dangerous 1-2 punch. Junior Danny James should see some action at fullback.
“Kevin Frisco only played four or five games last year, I don’t really think anybody knows about him,” Ferrazzi said. “Kevin is 6-foot, 220, who is athletic. He’s going to give us another presence in the backfield. We definitely want to feature those two guys (Davis and Frisco).”
Frisco, James and senior Brad Olmstead will lead the defense.
“Possibly they can give us, arguably, one of the best linebacker corps that we’ve had since I’ve been here,” Ferrazzi said. “We’re happy about that.”