Lamb's most challenging job will be finding a replacement for Sorensen, his record-setting quarterback.
Sorensen, an expected mid-to late-round pick in the upcoming NFL draft, ended his three-year collegiate career as Southern Utah's all-time leading passer. The list of those hoping to replace him as the Thunderbirds' starter is a long one.
It includes senior Jacob Allie, who has played fullback and tight end but will move to quarterback this spring; redshirt freshman Aaron Cantu, a transfer from East Los Angeles College who led the nation in passing yards last season; University of Utah transfer Mitch Dahlen; freshmen Tannen Pedersen and Mike Sharp, who signed in 2010 and has returned from a church mission; and walk-on Kenny Schmidt.
Among the returning starters are sophomore linebacker Zak Browning and sophomore defensive end James Crowser. They were Football Championship Subdivision freshmen All-Americans last season.
Browning averaged 11.6 tackles per game. He had 18 tackles in a victory at Montana the most by a freshman since Arkansas State's Steve Smith in 2002.
Crowser finished the season with 7.5 sacks, which was a school record for a freshman and ranked second in the Big Sky. He finished with a total of 61 tackles.
Offensively, senior Fatu Moala leads a receiving corps that returns intact. He had 65 receptions for 810 yards and nine touchdowns and was a second-team all-conference selection.
Southern Utah's kicking game will be a strength, thanks to the return of seniors Colton Cook and Brock Miller. Cook made 19 of 22 field-goal attempts and was named to the Big Sky's all-conference second team. Miller averaged 43.3 yards per punt, which ranked 11th in the country.
Southern Utah's 2013 football schedule
Aug. 29 • at South Alabama
Sept. 7 • vs. Fort Lewis
Sept. 14 • at Washington State
Sept. 21 • at Sacramento State
Sept. 28 • at Northern Colorado
Oct. 5 • vs. UC Davis
Oct. 12 • vs. Portland State
Oct. 19 • at Eastern Washington
Oct. 26 • vs. Idaho State
Nov. 9 • at Weber State
Nov. 16 • at Montana State.