Sycamore, which went 2-8 in football last year, should be improved on defense this season.
The War Eagles are strong at linebacker with seniors Nathan and Matthew Chandler and Zach Biggs manning the inside spots on the team’s 3-5-3 scheme.
They were Sycamore’s leading tacklers last year.
The War Eagles have a solid rotation at defensive line with a mix of young and old.
Chase Hampton, a sophomore transfer from Greenbrier, will play free safety. Coach Tyler Williams said cornerback is still wide-open with everyone from freshmen to seniors competing for the position.
Sycamore won its 2013 opener against Whites Creek, lost its next eight games and then won the regular-season finale against Greenbrier.
The Eagles open the season against Whites Creek on Aug. 22.