Team: Monroe Redjackets.
What’s new: This team of 30 players is Monroe’s first at the varsity level in 30 years. … Monroe’s football logo. A grimacing bee replaces the capital M on the helmets. Players will wear red jerseys.
Back again: Jason Muhammad, whose last season as a varsity coach was in 2010 at Marshall, where the Monroe Redjackets hold most of their practices. … Ten offensive and 11 defensive starters from a 9-0 JV team. Two of those wins were, in effect, forfeits. “Those were JV games, I’m not a fool.’’ Muhammad said. “ ‘Well, you had juniors on JVs,’ are what the critics say.” The roots of the varsity go back to the formation of a modified team three years ago. … Rayshawn Boswell, junior, 5 feet 9 inches, 170 pounds, receiver/running back/defensive back; Tyquil Glasgow, sophomore, 6-2, 190, sophomore, receiver; Tyron Jackson, junior, 5-7, 165, running back/linebacker; Anthony Colon, junior, 5-6, 150, quarterback.
Overheard at camp: Qualifying for the eight-team Section V Class A tournament. “We think we can compete in Class A. (The players) don’t know better, they don’t read newspapers and websites about who was doing what on varsity. They really don’t care. We’ve taken some lumps, we were welcomed to varsity, so we know what to expect. Why not us?”
Twists: There are no games at the Monroe campus on Alexander Street in the Rochester City School District, since the school is being renovated. Monroe’s opener is against Class A Spencerport at Rochester Rhinos Stadium, then five Rochester City Athletic Conference games on the new turf field at Franklin and an away game at Bishop Kearney. … Middle school students will be asked to provide the drawings on the signs Monroe plans to use for offensive play calling. “We were talking about how do we get the school involved, everyone invested in the football program, especially the middle school students,” Muhammad said. “Why not? Why can’t they put together a poster. Why can’t they feel like the team called their play. Why not?”