#5 (tie) GLIAC
WAYNE STATE WARRIORS (2-9 ALL, 1-7 GLIAC)
Wayne State will look to rebound in 2019 after posting back-to-back losing seasons for the first time since Paul Winters first two years in Detroit. Winters enters his 16th season guiding the Warriors, who have 50 returning letterwinners, including 16 starters.
The seven starters on offense include offensive linemen Justin Tockstein, Lane Potter and Reid Thompson. Senior Charlie Younger returns to bolster the contingent after missing the final seven games a season ago. Graduate student Deiontae Nicholas and seniors James Hill and DeOntay Moffett will lead the rushing attack, while Darece Roberson, Jr. and Ray'Jon Williams-Jackson, will be the main targets for either Jake AmRhein or Dakota Kupp.
The WSU defense has nine returning starters, including all four in the secondary in senior Kyle Toth and sophomore Tieler Houston at the safety positions, and senior Greg McDade along with junior DaVarie Halliburton at cornerback. Senior linebackers Leon Eggleston and Ryan Smith return as does defensive linemen Tiroca Battle, Cameron Judge, and Jalen Lewis.
The place-kicker duties will be handled by either junior Luke Bevilacqua or a pair of incoming freshmen. Junior punter Taylor McCarty also returns as does Roberson (punt and kickoff return) and Kyle Lewis (kickoff return).