When media relations folks go looking for a preseason football poster boy, their first instinct is to head for the team's offensive huddle.
But unless they want to consider a receiver who did not score a touchdown, or perhaps an offensive lineman, such action at Orange Coast College this fall would be problematic.
This was not the case last season, when then-sophomore Ray Holley was the clear choice, on his way to setting the school single-season record with 1,457 rushing yards, scoring 18 of the team's 20 rushing touchdowns and accounting for 97.2% of the team's rushing yards.
The backfield this season, however, includes scores of unproven players, as the only returning offensive starters, at least for tonight's 6 o'clock opener at home against Saddleback, are wideout Brandon Estrada, tackle Robert Wright and guard Mike Meyer.
The Pirates' receiving corps does offer some potential, with three returners who collected a combined 38 receptions for 574 yards and three touchdowns in 2009.