The Yellow Jackets relied mainly on one player on offense last season, but expect to be much more diversified this season.
The Panthers evened their preseason record (1-1) with a 12-point home win over Kansas City. The Panthers' starting defense gave up just two field goals, QB Cam Newton knocked off some rust and rookie receiver Kelvin Benjamin continued to impress.
Cuthbertson is loaded at the skill positions, and second-year coach David Johnson considers the veteran defense the strength of the team. The Cavaliers won just four games last year, but the program looks like it's on the upswing.
After 212 starts in the premier series, 32-year-old AJ Allmendinger celebrated his first career Sprint Cup victory on Sunday at Watkins Glen. Allmendinger is now one of 12 drivers with a win this season.
Marvin Ridge suffered its first losing football season ever last season, and first-year coach Brad Hoover is trying to build the program back up.
Piedmont's coming off an 8-5 season and a playoff win. The Panthers lost nearly all of their starting linemen from last year, but most of their skill players are back. 'We're probably better than we were this time last year,' says veteran left guard Dillion Chaney.