Favorite: Wilson (8-3)
Coming off one of its best seasons in two decades, the Tigers must replace running back Jeremy Dixon (1,549 yards, 13 touchdowns) — but plan to do it with a revamped spread offense and a defense full of returners.
Around the league: Along with senior running back Malont’a Patterson, Dunbar will have one of the best wide receiver tandems in the city behind James Duff and Delonte Matthews (combined for 1,037 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2012) and both should solidify the secondary from their starting safety positions. . . . H.D. Woodson, though, will have the best secondary in the DCIAA, anchored by Tennessee-bound D’Andre Payne and rising standout cornerback DuWayne Johnson . . . . Wilson has senior quarterback Scott Beumel back to lead the offense, but the defense could end up being the story line with this team, thanks to the return of linebacker Acey Calhoun and defensive end Kareem McDonald (12 sacks in 2012) . . . Graduation hit Anacostia hard, but Cato June still has one of his most productive offensive players returning from last year’s Turkey Bowl appearance in senior running back Laquan Barber, as well as a budding defensive back prospect Xavier Harkum . . . . Ballou (5-5 in 2012) could be a surprise in the league this season, thanks to a number of college prospects returning for Coach Jason Lane, including defensive end William Richardson, offensive lineman Levon Livingston, as well as sophomore receiver Delonte Moore.
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