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Senior linebacker Tanner Wright attempts to deflect a pass during practice. Photo: Steve Breazeale
Senior linebacker Tanner Wright attempts to deflect a pass during practice. Photo: Steve Breazeale

Compiled by Steve Breazeale

The San Clemente High School football team’s season is about to begin. In our annual season preview, we highlight five players to watch on defense.

Andrew Frohner. Photo: Steve Breazeale
Andrew Frohner. Photo: Steve Breazeale

Andrew Frohner

S (No. 1) Sr.

Frohner had a breakout junior season at safety, tallying 77 total tackles and three interceptions. The All-Sea View League selection returns to help anchor the Tritons’ veteran secondary unit. Frohner has the ability to make game-changing plays and, according to head coach Jaime Ortiz, is among the hardest working players on the team.

Kevin Kling. Photo: Steve Breazeale
Kevin Kling. Photo: Steve Breazeale

Kevin Kling

CB (No. 24) Sr.

Kling saw a considerable amount of playing time last year at cornerback and appeared in nine games. With that experience under his belt, Kling will be tasked with regular starting duties at the position as a senior.

Liam Buhl. Photo: Steve Breazeale
Liam Buhl. Photo: Steve Breazeale

Liam Buhl

DE (No. 11) Sr.

Buhl was an impact player on the defensive line last season, racking up 46 total tackles, four sacks, seven hurries and even recorded one interception. The Tritons defensive line lost a few starters to graduation and will have a rotating group of players lining up in the early going, so look to Buhl to be a fixture at the line of scrimmage.

Nate Atkins. Photo: Steve Breazeale
Nate Atkins. Photo: Steve Breazeale

Nate Atkins

DL (No. 77) Sr.

Atkins played in 10 games as a junior and will provide some leadership at defensive line. Ortiz said the personnel at defensive line will be a mix and match situation, but Atkins, who had 22 tackles last year, will definitely get a large amount of playing time.

Tanner Wright. Photo: Steve Breazeale
Tanner Wright. Photo: Steve Breazeale

Tanner Wright

DB/LB (No. 17) Sr.

Wright, a three-year starter and All-Sea View League selection from last year, is gearing up to be a versatile weapon on defense for the Tritons. Ortiz said Wright, who played safety last season, could do anything from filling in at a linebacker spot to dropping back into coverage as a roving defensive back over the course of a game.

 

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