• Coach: Henry Stanford, second season (5-5 record at school)

• Last season: 5-5, 5-4 (tie, fourth, Ohio Athletic Conference

Talent pool

Kory Hartinger of Circleville is back as wide receiver after starting eight games at quarterback because of injuries to Marty Assmann. Two other receivers are back, Mike Epstein and Matt White. Defensive end Dan Frankart was honorable mention all-conference as a sophomore. Three defensive backs return, led by Ryan Neuberger, who had 47 tackles.

Exclamation points

There are not many players in the OAC more versatile than Hartinger. He threw for 1,467 yards and 11 touchdowns as a backup quarterback. As a receiver, he has 119 catches for 1,595 yards in his career. Frankart is a playmaker with nine tackles for loss, including five sacks, as a junior. Eight of the top 10 defensive linemen return. Kicker Nick Van-

Meter made 9 of 14 field-goal attempts as a junior. Stanford raves about sophomore defensive back Antoine Roberts being a game-changing player. Seth Nelson of Groveport should be a stalwart on the defensive line.

Question marks

Dominic D'Andrea ran for 745 yards and six touchdowns last season and there is no proven back to take his place. Stanford is confident players such as Josh Anderson, a Marion-Franklin graduate and Central State transfer, and Casey Meridieth, an Ohio University transfer, are capable of big plays, as is returning senior Garrett Bennington. Bennington ran for almost 400 yards in 2010. Linebacker Sam Jacobs, who won the Gene Slaughter Award as best linebacker in the OAC last year, will be hard to replace.


Capital has been picked to finish sixth in the OAC. The team will have a tough October schedule with games against Ohio Northern, Otterbein, Mount Union and John Carroll, in that order.