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Now in his third season at Boulder, head coach Bob Simmons hopes the Panthers can turn the corner in 2015.

2015 BOULDER PANTHERS

COACH: Bob Simmons (3rd year, 5-14).

LAST YEAR: 3-7 overall.

RETURNING STARTERS: Ismael Bouchta (Jr., K/LB, 5-9, 165); Ellis Carroll (Sr., DE/FB/OL, 6-2, 225); Todd Jones (Sr., RB/S, 6-1, 205); Cleveland McCarty (Sr., TE/S/LB, 6-1, 185); Sasha Price (Sr., LB, 5-10, 165); Sage Provost (Sr., OL/DL, 6-2, 300); Scott Slaugh (Sr., WR/CB, 5-8, 145); Dana Sullivan (Jr., S/OLB/WR, 5-11, 170).

OTHERS TO WATCH: Ira Ah (Jr., LB, 5-11, 165); Noah Artinger (Jr., OL/DL, 5-10, 220); Max Bajza (Jr., QB, 5-8, 185); Kobi Boynton (Sr., LB/TE, 6-2, 220); Jack Braymiller (So., TE/LB, 5-11, 175); Aiden Chandler (Jr., QB, 6-1, 185); Spencer Clark (So., T/DE, 6-1, 240); Patrick Fletcher (So., RB/CB, 5-8, 180); Charles Gustafson (Jr., LB/OL, 6-2, 215); Seth LaBorde (Jr., S, 5-8, 160); Wilson Maier (So., S, 5-10, 160); Max McLoughlin (Jr., WR/FS, 5-6, 145); Dawson Olmsted (Jr., TE, 6-0, 180); Blake Patchett (Jr., C, 5-10, 235); Anthony Rivera (OL/DL, 6-0, 180); David Thompson (Sr., RB/FB/OLB, 6-0, 170); Mike Thompson (Jr., WR/CB/S, 5-9, 160).

DIVISION-I/COLLEGE PROSPECTS: Jones, Carroll, Provost, McCarty.

MUST-SEE GAME: Sept. 11 at Fairview (Recht Field), 5:30 p.m.

STRENGTHS: A team with 17 seniors who collectively want to shed that losing mentality, and even in some of the younger players there is necessary size.

WEAKNESSES: Other than Jones, the Panthers have a lot of unproven talent in the other skill positions. Chandler, just ahead of Max Bajza on the depth chart at this point, has the attitude of a leader and he’ll need to keep everyone on the same page throughout the year.

 

SCHEDULE

Sept. 3 — at Fossil Ridge, 7 p.m.

Sept. 11 — at Fairview, Recht Field, 5:30 p.m.

Sept. 18 — THORNTON*, 7 p.m.

Sept. 24 — PRAIRIE VIEW*, 7 p.m.

Oct. 2 — at Northglenn*, Five-Star Stadium, 7 p.m.

Oct. 9 — DENVER EAST*, 7 p.m.

Oct. 15 — at Brighton, 7 p.m.

Oct. 22 — MONTBELLO*, 7 p.m.

Oct. 30 — at Westminster*, District 50 Stadium, 7 p.m.

Note: Home games upper case and at Recht Field.

*Asterisk denotes Flatirons League opponents.

Adam Dunivan: dunivana@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/AdamDunivan24