91 days to kickoff: Glenbard East

91 days to kickoff: Glenbard East
May 30, 2014, 1:45 pm
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CSNChicago.com is your top destination on the road to the 2014 high school football season. CSN preps contributor “Edgy” Tim O’Halloran will take a look at 100 teams in 100 days, counting down to the opening night kickoff on August 29.

School: Glenbard East

Head coach: John Walters

Assistant coaches: Bob Stone, Tony Bartolotta, Joe Cristina, Kevin Kane, Jim Walker, Maurice Mason, Jeff Cherry and Brian Fetterolf

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Biggest storyline in 2014: Can the Rams find success in a new conference? Glenbard East, along with West Aurora have left the DuPage Valley conference and will now play in the Upstate Eight conference starting this season.

Name to watch: Senior offensive tackle Chris Ryan (6-foot-7, 245 pounds) needs to add a bit more bulk. However, he still has the frame of an OT, something that is in extremely short supply in the Class of 2015. Expect Ryan to draw plenty of looks this summer and fall.

Biggest hole To fill: The Rams have plenty of experience coming back in just about every spot except the defensive backfield. They will need to develop four new starters in the secondary as fast as possible.

EDGY's early take: On the surface, it seems like the Rams could be primed for a good run in 2014. Glenbard East has two very solid classes, including a junior class that has had success at both the freshman and sophomore levels. Getting off to a good start in non-conference play is paramount.