MILFORD -- A different head coach is not all that's new within the Milford High School football program.
Ryan Kunce, who was a prominent part of the Bearcats' passing attack in 2007, will take on a new role as a senior.
Last year, he hauled in 42 of the team's 59 pass completions. This year, Kunce will be flinging the passes. He has taken over at quarterback.
"He'll be our man with the ball," first-year head coach Nate Albaugh said. "He's carrying the load and leading the team well. He throws well and is hitting his targets.
"He can improve from Week 1 to Week 9 like other kids do from their junior to senior years."
Senior Jordan Scherf will be the tailback. Other backfield candidates are junior twins Kristopher and Kyle Evans. They could be targets, too, when Kunce takes to the air. Junior Beau Fitzgerald is another squad member who figures to catch passes.
"When I look at our offense, I see great things," Albaugh said.
Kunce didn't take to his new position like a polished Brett Favre, but he's proving to be a fast learner.
"At first, he had a little self-doubt," Albaugh said. "A lot of his first throws were errant, but we told him to be patient."
If Milford had a game scheduled before Friday's home opener against Mooseheart, Albaugh would be confident in his signal-caller.
"We could play tomorrow," Albaugh said.
The Bearcats will feature an all-senior offensive line, including one tackle (Michael Bell) who didn't play last year.
Bell will be joined by tackle Clint Morgeson, center Sean Dawson and guards Travis Knapp and Kohle Anderson.
"They communnicate well," Albaugh said.
The coaching staff is working with 33 prospects, 11 of whom are freshmen.
"My goal in the future is to be around 40," Albaugh said.
All three of his assistants are former Milford players: Sid Allen, John Brammer and Bob Luecke. On Game Night, Albaugh said, 'We'll divide up the responsibility and work as a staff."
Defensively, he is pleased by the progress of linebackers Bell and Scherf as well as seniors Trevor Lucht and Jon Rice.
"They're all capable of playing on Fridays," Albaugh said. "We'll be rotating everyone."
Dawson and Morgeson will be at the ends. At tackle, Anderson, junior Andrew Kelnhofer and Knapp are the top challengers.
Kunce and the Evans twins will be in the secondary along with either Fitzgerald or junior Anthony Stebbins.