Countdown to Kickoff: Bearden

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Bearden Bulldogs will have a lot of new faces this season, and one major pair of cleats to fill.

The Bulldogs no longer feature Tennessee Mr. Football Devrin Young. He's now a Tennessee Vol.

Despite the loss of the talented Young, the Bulldogs will try to build off a solid 2010.

Last season, Bearden went 9-4 and reached the state quarterfinals, before losing to eventual state champion Maryville.

Senior Josh Haney will fill Young's shoes. Haney averaged 5.8 yards a carry in 2010 and scored 5 touchdowns. Will Burns will lead the Bulldog defense. Last season Burns had 26 tackles, 6 tackles for a loss, and 2 sacks.

Head coach Brad Taylor says experience is one of his team's weaknesses. Bearden only returns 4 starters, one on offense and three on defense.

Bearden opens up the season August 19 at Hardin Valley.

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