The high school football season kicks off with a full slate of games on Friday across Tennessee.
Here is a look at the start of the season from A to Z:
A – An Adonis. Sophomore Adonis Otey will pair with fellow college prospect Lance Wilhoit at FRA. Otey transferred from Blackman.
B – Branching out. Can Kenwood senior and Purdue commitment Antwuan Branch top last season when he carried the football 313 times, resulting in 2,596 yards and 27 touchdowns?
C – Century mark. Five coaches — Beech’s Anthony Crabtree (94-40), Huntland’s Bob Robertson (94-107), Giles County’s David O’Connor (93-32), Nashville Christian’s Jeff Brothers (92-62) and Oakland’s Kevin Creasy (91-14) — are within reach of their 100th career victory.
D – D.J., play it again. Huntland senior D.J. Taylor — a Wake Forest commitment — rushed for 1,682 yards and 24 touchdowns as a junior.
E – Eze does it. Recent Memphis commitment Obinna Eze will make his varsity debut when Davidson Academy plays at Friendship Christian on Friday.
F – Four-peat. Columbia Academy — led by senior quarterback Dylan Johnson (2,264 passing yards and 27 touchdowns last season) — is seeking its fourth consecutive district/region title.
G – Go Green. Long-time Greenbrier assistant John Elmore makes his head coaching debut Friday against rival Springfield.
H – Hines 57. Senior quarterback Brandon Hines will follow in the footsteps of departed Andrew Bunch to run Independence’s fast-paced offense.
I – Izuchukwu impact. Nigerian exchange student Ani Izuchukwu, a defensive end who has numerous offers — is expected to be back later this season for Davidson Academy following shoulder surgery.
J – JaCoby’s journey. LSU commitment JaCoby Stevens will be attempting to lead Oakland on another deep postseason run, which ended with semifinal losses to Maryville the last two seasons.
K – Special K. Tennessee commitment Kendrell Scurry, a sophomore wide receiver, is among a host of newcomers for Independence’s offense.
L – Lipscomb legend. Lipscomb Academy senior defensive lineman Rutger Reitmaier, an Oregon commitment, will attempt to help the Mustangs unseat Kenwood atop Region 6-4A.
M – Mad Max. Georgia commitment Max Wray is one of four returning starters among Franklin’s offensive line.
N – Nick of time. Riverdale senior defensive lineman Nick Boykin is more noted for his wrestling prowess, having won back-to-back heavyweight titles.
O – Osteen’s offense. Marshall County coach Thomas Osteen returns senior wide receivers Tre Crutcher and Jay Howard, who combined for 148 receptions, 2,151 yards and 20 touchdowns last season to go along with three-star prospect Cain McWilliams and QB Bryce Wallace.
P – Prime Preston. Senior quarterback Preston Rice, a Class 1A Mr. Football Back of the Year finalist, will attempt to lead Wayne County on another deep postseason run after passing for 2,109 yards and 31 TDs last season.
Q – IQ. Ibrahim Qadir will be one of the keys to the Blackman defense at defensive back.
R – Return to action. La Vergne senior wide receiver Princeton Fant, a Tennessee commitment, will be back on the field after missing last season due to a knee injury.
S – Even Steven. DeKalb County quarterback Steven Jennings passed for 2,131 yards, 19 touchdowns and 3 interceptions last year.
T – All Ty-ed up. Can recent Tennessee commitment Ty Chandler of MBA equal or exceed last season’s 2,585 yards rushing and 34 touchdowns?
U – Uncommitted. Four-star prospect Jacob Phillips (East Nashville linebacker) and three-star prospect T.J. Carter (Stratford running back/defensive back) are the top uncommitted seniors in the Midstate.
V – Versatility. Overton senior free safety Theo Jackson, a Tennessee commitment, will also play quarterback for the Bobcats.
W – A Wild one. Senior running back/linebacker Slayton Wild, the Region 4-2A Defensive MVP as a junior, will attempt to help Forrest repeat as the region champion.
X – X-factor. Sophomore Xavier Shepherd will serve as the Pearl-Cohn quarterback, replacing Jimmy Ferrell after he led the Firebirds to the Class 4A state championship game last season.
Y – Young up front. The Brentwood Academy offense, led by senior quarterback Jeremiah Oatsvall, is replacing four offensive linemen after averaging better than 45 points per game last year.
Z – Zero. Antioch, Cannon County, Goodpasture, Perry County and Tullahoma had zero wins in 2015.
Contributing: Michael Murphy, Chris Lynn and Cecil Joyce.
Reach Craig Harris at 615-259-8238 and on Twitter @CHTennessean.