The Seymour football team doesn’t have to figure out who to give the ball to this season.
It just has to figure out who is going to block for the playmakers it has back.
The Thunder has one full-time starter returning on an offensive line that lost University of Wisconsin recruit Jon Dietzen to graduation. How that group comes together, and how quickly it does, might help tell the story of Seymour’s season.
“I think we found out a little bit about ourselves (at Seymour’s scrimmage on Friday),” Seymour coach Matt Molle said. “We have some really committed individuals. We have some really good players.
“We’d like to have about 10 more of them. It’s the idea that if we have to go into West De Pere on Aug. 21 and have the same guys on both the offensive and defensive lines and they are not, that could be an advantage for them.”
What should be an advantage for Seymour is an offense that returns one of the best running backs in the Bay Conference in senior Seth Jefson.
The 5-foot-9, 180-pound Jefson was a second-team all-conference pick last season after rushing for 517 yards and averaging 6.2 yards per carry in league play. He had 145 receiving yards and scored 10 combined touchdowns.
Seymour returns a big target in 6-3, 185-pound senior tight end Ian Hanseter, who caught 11 passes for 159 yards and two TDs in league play. It also has senior running back Clayton VanLanen, who rushed for 390 yards and averaged 8.7 yards per carry while catching 12 passes for 181 yards and combining for seven TDs.
VanLanen is one of the best defensive players in the league at linebacker, and was a first-team all-conference pick at the position in 2014. He will be one of eight players back on defense that has varsity experience.
The Thunder is turning to a sophomore at quarterback after Devin VerVoort won the job in training camp. Molle can only remember starting a sophomore one other time during his 11 seasons, but he has confidence in his young signal-caller.
“He is one of those kids who comes in and knows what he wants to do,” Molle said. “He wanted to battle for the starting job. He has done a lot of things you need a quarterback to do.
“He has good foot work. He has good patience in the pocket. He runs the offense well. We will just ask him to do things he’s capable of doing.”
Seymour finds itself in a conference that has a new look to it with the additions of Waupaca, Appleton Xavier, Green Bay East and Green Bay West.
With West De Pere and Menasha still in the league, things didn’t get any easier.
“I think it’s a tough conference,” Molle said. “As far as the realignment goes, it is what it is. What can we control? That’s not one of them we can control. So we are going to take them as they come.”
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Seymour at a glance
Coach: Matt Molle, 11th season.
2014 record: 5-5.
Aug. 21 — at West De Pere
Aug. 28 — Appleton Xavier
Sept. 4 — at Luxemburg-Casco
Sept.. 11 — Menasha
Sept. 18 — at Shawano
Sept. 25 — at New London
Oct. 2 — Green Bay West
Oct. 9 — Waupaca
Oct. 16 — at Green Bay East