• Coach: Mike Hollway, 25th season (135-104-1 record at school)

• Last season: 2-8, 2-4 (tie, sixth, North Coast Athletic Conference)

Talent pool

Sophomore quarterback Mason Espinosa might be the explosive player on offense that the Bishops have lacked for years. Senior tight end Pat Embleton and sophomore receiver Dave Mogilnicki can help spread the field. Three offensive linemen return, senior Dave Stewart and sophomores Chris Badenhop and Bryan Bowling of Westfall. Eight starters return on defense, including junior end James Huddleston. Justin Segal was a big-play linebacker as a freshman.

Exclamation points

Espinosa threw for 10 touchdowns and more than 1,500 yards in the final five games of 2010. He is a presence at 6 feet 4, 210 pounds. Embleton had 38 receptions and Mogilnicki had six touchdown catches. Huddleston ranked second in the conference with 71/2 sacks and Segal had nine tackles for loss. Senior safety Keegan Varner and sophomore cornerback Leonard Gleaves each had three interceptions. At 6-1, 275, Badenhop could be one of the toughest offensive linemen in the NCAC.

Question marks

The Bishops finished the 2010 season with a flurry by scoring 21 points or more in four of the last five games. If Espinosa returns with his magic touch - he threw for 2,055 yards and 12 touchdowns in 10 games - it's up to a defense that gave up an average of 339.5 yards per game to button it up. Espinosa does need help from a running game. The leading rusher, Acorye' White, had just 127 yards last season.

Outlook

The Bishops have been picked to finish sixth in the NCAC, and that seems about right considering they are amid a youth movement with six sophomores starting on offense and four on defense. The first four games are difficult: archrival Denison, Wittenberg, Wabash and Wooster.