The Albemarle HS football team only returns five starters from last season, including only one in the trenches.

Coach Brandon Isaiah says the Patriots are young, but he's excited about this year's team.  On Thursday Isaiah had his guys start practice with a hard-hitting drill.

"Just a simple drill, lining up with a man across from you and just being physical," says Isaiah. "Getting after it a little bit, just trying to get some excitement, some energy and some contact."

"Coach preaches attack the day so we want to come out here and attack the day with the most intensity and energy we have," says senior linebacker Jake Rombach.  "We want to leave everything out here."

The team features senior nose tackle Jordan Hester, who's 325 pounds.

"J's a man, it's exciting to watch him," says Isaiah.  "We've had him since he was a freshman. He was a shy kid and he's grown into a man."

The offense is highlighted by power running back Mahki Robinson-Washington and elusive Keenan Brock.

"We have a lot athletes," says Rombach.  "Not a lot of huge starts except Mahki but we have a lot of guys who are hungry and fast and they want to make an impact."

There's a three-way battle for the starting quarterback job which includes seniors Luke Barnes and Aquon Sims.   Sophomore Jake King is also in the mix.

"They're all great, they can all pass and run," says senior receiver Torry Green.  "Even if they don't make quarterback, they could definitely be a receiver or any other position on the field. Which ever one it is, we'll still have our best talent on the field."

Coach Isaiah adds, "Just going to be a fun time, there's a lot of unknown right now and for me that's what's most exciting is there's so much potential and watching them grow together as a team and reach their greatness is going to be a fun deal."