Keep an eye on these guys: Top 10 Bulldog football players

Mahomet-Seymour football got off to a strong start throughout the first week of training camp. The Bulldogs are looking to build off a 6-4 2017 campaign. Making the playoffs is always the goal, but at the end of the day, a state championship is the ultimate goal.

M-S has numerous playmakers on both sides of the ball. Let's rank the top-10 M-S football players to keep an eye on this fall.

 

No. 1: Dawson Finch

The senior quarterback is the straw that stirs the drink for the M-S football team.

Finch has the opportunity to put up some huge numbers in new offensive coordinator Michael Burner's scheme. He should also be able to make plays with his feet.

If the Bulldogs are going to be the team to beat in the Apollo Conference, Finch is going to have a big say in the matter.

 

No.: 2 Jordan Veldman

Veldman might be the most explosive player on the roster. The senior running back is a threat to score every time the ball is in his hands.

Veldman will be used in a variety of ways, both out of the backfield and there are times where Veldman can expose slow linebackers as a slot receiver.

Burner will be creative and try to get Veldman the ball in space where he can break tackles and make huge plays.

Veldman will also be counted on to play a lot at cornerback. He's long, fast and athletic, so he could rack up numerous interceptions.

 

No. 3: Dylan Gates

Gates was a bulldog last year, racking up 104 carries for 349 yards and five touchdowns.

The senior tailback will team up with Veldman again to form one of the best running back duos in the Apollo Conference. Gates also averaged over 34 yards per kick return, proving that he is an elite playmaker on special teams as well.

 

No. 4: Maurice Mendenhall

Mendenhall is a key cog for an improving offensive line. The senior offensive guard has to be able to protect Finch as well as pave ways for Veldman.

If Mendenhall can take that next step into becoming a dominant force on the offensive line, then the Bulldogs will be in good shape. Mendenhall will have a tall task in Week One against a really good Washington defensive line.

 

No. 5: Connor Thomason

Thomason will play a lot of double-duty this year, both as a wide receiver and as a safety. He is one of the hardest workers on the team, and is a great fit in the new Bulldogs offense.

He is shifty off the line of scrimmage, and he can make defenders miss in space. At safety, Thomason will need to be a vocal presence, organizing the defense and reading offensive schemes. If he can be a ballhawk on the back end of the Bulldogs' defense, then the M-S defense has a chance to be very good.

 

No. 6: Hunter Berg

Berg provided a devastating pass rush for the Bulldogs last year, totaling a team-high five sacks. The senior defensive lineman will be back with the hopes of terrorizing opposing quarterbacks all season.

 

No. 7: Daunte Roberts

The senior linebacker will be one of the top defensive players for the Bulldogs in 2018. Roberts was second on the team last year with 80 total tackles and he also had 3.0 sacks.

 

No. 8: Kyle Kinney

Kinney is another multi-year starter on the offensive line, and the offensive tackle is strong, big and athletic. Kinney can bring a lot of versatility to the offensive line, and he will also need to be a force on the defensive side of the ball.

 

No. 9: Ethan Carlson

The senior defensive lineman will be a steady rock this year. Carlson is another hard worker who can be stout against the run and bring a pass rush.

Carlson had three sacks last year, and he's poised for a big senior season.

 

No. 10: Clay Hubble

Hubble had just two carries for 41 yards and a touchdown last year as a freshman, but the M-S coaching staff is really fired up about his chances to compete at a high level this year. Hubble is another explosive playmaker that can make an impact with the ball in his hands.

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