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Even with the injuries, the Wolves, who allowed just 12.3 points per game last year, figure to be stout again defensively. Charlie Caruso, bulked up and moved inside to middle linebacker, is poised for a breakout year. Adam Green joins him inside, with Nicholas Boissiere moving down from safety to linebacker.
Storm Gorman, Kwesi Caldwell, Andre Wiggins and Mark Baron are also in the mix.
"Creating havoc was our M.O. defensively last year," LeBlanc said. "We want to play aggressive."
Through injuries, quarterback was a position that was much a revolving door the second half of last season. LeBlanc entered the summer with the firm intent to not repeat the rotation he started with last fall – but that plan has been put on the back burner.
Fern, a senior, and Corey Provow, a junior, are both expected to get reps when East hosts Plainfield East in the opener Friday.
"It's a tough tell, how they will react to that first game," LeBlanc said. "I have a pretty good feel for each guy. Brett is a bit more polished, Corey is a touch more athletic. For us to pick one is tough to do. Who can play when the lights are on is the question."