Third year head coach Scott Taylor and his staff are coming off a very productive spring as the Cisco Junior College Wranglers seek to rebound from a last place finish in the Southwest Junior College Football Conference.
Northeastern A&M's Golden Norsemen make the 395-mike trek to Cisco on Sept. 18 for a 3 p.m. conference clash with the Wranglers on the artificial surface of Chelsey Field.
After winning their first post-season bowl game in school history in 2008 under Taylor's guidance, the Wrangler plummeted to 1-8, 1-5 in the SWJCFC last year.
Cisco's lone win was a 27-24 victory over Trinity Valley in Week 5.
Following a 36-33 victory over the Wranglers last season at Robertson Field, the Golden Norse are 22-5 in the series which began in 1975.
With 23 sophomores expected to return for the fall preseason, the Wranglers return eight starters on offense and five on defense.
Anchoring the Wranglers running game is veteran tailback Ketaraus Stanton (6-0, 225 of Diboll, Texas).
As a freshman, Stanton ranked second in the SWJCFC with 1,019 yards on 163 carries and seven touchdowns. He caught eight passes for 67 yards.
Veteran Alijawon White (6-2, 205 of Killeen, Texas) returns at the quarterback position for Cisco.
Last season White completed 31 of 80 passes for 323 yards and two touchdowns with five interceptions.
White also rushed for 56 yards on 22 carries with one TD.
Three wide receivers and three tight ends return to give the Wranglers a formable receiving corps.
Tight end Lloyd Turner (6-2, 280 of Hearne, Texas) led Cisco with 13 receptions for 151 yards.
Sophomore wide receiver Anthony Ezell (5-11, 190 of Killeen, Texas) caught 10 passes for 134 yards and one TD.
Another veteran back at wide receiver is Landon Quigley (6-3, 200 of Lubbock, Texas). Quigley made 11 catches for 92 yards and one touchdown.
Four interior linemen return along the offensive front led by tackles Solomon Orr (6-6, 350 of Mesquite, Texas) and Cody Parker (6-2, 300 of Midland, Texas).
Also expected back are guards Ivory Watson (6-3, 295 of Memphis, Tenn.) and Corey Woods (6-3, 290 of Paris, Texas).
Experience should benefit the Wranglers defense with three returnees along the front line.
Antoine Franklin (5-11, 240 of Memphis, Tenn.) and Jarrett Haywood (6-4, 250 of Bastrop, Texas) return at ends with Khris Hughes (6-3, 280 of Arlington, Texas) coming back at tackle.
Franklin finished with 15 tackles as a freshman while Haywood recorded 31 stops and Hughes posted 27 tackles with one quarterback sack.
Comprising the Wranglers linebacking corps are veterans Eric Kabeya, Giorgio Walton and Abraham Daily.
Kabeya (6-2, 240 of Irving, Texas) made 23 tackles with two quarterback sacks and three tackles for losses behind the line of scrimmage.
Walton (5-11, 210 of Rowlett, Texas) recorded 29 tackles and two sacks while making four tackles behind the line.
Daily (6-1, 210 of College Station, Texas) posted 27 tackles, one fumble recovery and two tackles for a loss.
Cornerbacks Travis McCloud and DeMarcus Young return to the Cisco secondary along with safeties Andrew Amoyaw and Drew Ashley.
McCloud (6-0, 180 of Bryan, Texas) compiled 22 tackles last season while Young (5-9, 180 of Euless, Texas) was a redshirt last year.
Amoyaw (5-9, 185 of Odessa, Texas) finished with 12 tackles and one interception as a freshman.
Ashley (5-11, 205 of Roanoke, Texas) made 18 tackles with two interceptions last year.