The Tigers can't field a sophomore team, and they expect to be playing against schools with three times as many players. Starters will have to play both ways, Taylor said.
"They better be the best-conditioned athletes around," he said, "because they don't have a choice."
But despite all those obstacles, Taylor sees some promise. His starting quarterback from a year ago, Michael Richardson, is back. So is the Tigers' "beast" running back Josh Shackleford, who rushed for nearly 800 yards and nine touchdowns last season.
"We know we've got a bit of a mountain to climb and the odds are against us," Taylor said. "But football is 11 guys against 11 guys, and we can field that. I tell them, 'Everybody's written you guys off. If you want to believe that, there's the door. Let's prove some people wrong.'"
ASSIGNMENT • Region 5
LAST YEAR • 3-7 overall, 2-4 Region 11
KEY RETURNER • Quarterback Michael Richardson threw for 16 touchdowns and was the Tigers' second-leading rusher last season.
PLAYER TO WATCH • K.J. Winslow saw action out of the backfield and lining up as a receiver as a sophomore last year. The fastest player on the Ogden roster will have a bigger role this season.
BIGGEST HOLE • The Tigers lost three linemen who had started since their sophomore seasons.
NEED TO KNOW • After moving up from Class 3A to 4A, the under-manned Tigers will need players to go both ways.