MontereyDespite putting together a nine-win season and a third straight postseason appearance, there were tumultuous times over the course of the season at Monterey last fall.
That's gone. Of course so too is the reigning league MVP and arguably one of the best defensive players in the section.
Back is a wealth of speed, coupled with some athleticism in the trenches, a roster that will be deeper this season, and in better physical shape -- critical when players are playing both sides.
The Toreadores will never rid themselves of the reputation of pounding the ball. That's what they do -- and they do it well.
But for the first time since Harold Lusk, Monterey has in sophomore Carter Aldrete a quarterback that can hit those lightening fast receivers.
Don't look at Aldrete as a sophomore. He's mature beyond his age, having started last season as a freshman on the basketball and baseball teams.
And he's got some targets in Brandon Finona and Logan Hunter. Sophomore tailback Akili Jones is special.
I like Monterey's defense. It's very athletic. Finona is a ball hawk. You could see the all-leaguer line up as a defensive back or defensive end.
People have criticized the Toreadores for a soft non-league schedule. But no one was healthier when league play started than the Dores last season. And it showed.