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Countdown To Kickoff: #7 Wise Pumas

4:34 PM, Aug. 17, 2012 EDT

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Story by Malcolm Johnson

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- The Pumas made our top ten because of their size, potency at the skill positions and their number of returning starters. This season's motivation will stem from their first-round loss to conference rival, Suitland, in the playoffs last year. From 2008 to 2010, the Pumas made the regional championship. With a summer full of stimulated workouts behind them, the Pumas are primed to get back to familiar territory.

Biggest Question: Will a lack of experience at the wide receiver position hinder an offense that averaged 34.6 points per game in 2011?

Strengths: Twenty-three -- the highest point total allowed in a game by the Pumas last season -- talk about a stingy defense. Wise has four returning linebackers and three defensive backs, making this Prince George's County strongest back seven. Opposing teams without a strong wide receiver corps or agile tight end will have no shot at achieving success in the passing game against this secondary. None.

Best Player: Antonio Harris sometimes doubles the size of his opponents on the line. The 6-foot-4, 310 pound two-way lineman is a force to be reckoned with. Harris is a three-year starter, has played in five playoff games and gone to a state championship. With eight scholarship offers on the table going into his senior year, expect a gigantic performance from the big man.

Breakthrough Player: Despite the fact that he wasn't a regular starter, defensive end Miles Humphrey still led the Pumas in sacks in 2011 as a junior.

Why fans should be excited: Coach Parrish on the motivation and work ethic this team has going into the season:

"We learned from our first-round loss last year and these kids have been working very hard to exceed the expectations from last year and finally bring a state championship back to Wise."



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