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The talent and stability of a very good defensive front seven could be key as Mullen prepares for the season after a very challenging offseason.

To say Mullen football had an interesting offseason would be an understatement. The loss of longtime coach Dave Logan, parent meetings, administrative upheaval, student protests, CHSAA investigations and the hiring of a new coach were just some of the offseason storylines for the traditional Colorado football power.

Wading into this is longtime Bear Creek coach and Mullen alumni Tom Thennell. Sporting 18 playoff appearances, Thennell has the experience to keep the Mustangs running. The former record setting QB is extremely offensive minded in his approach to football, but Mullen's best chance for success this season may come from potentially the best defensive front seven in Colorado prep football.

Holding the fort and creating stability is a group of experienced defenders made up of Collin Albershardt, Pat Healy and Castille Bayers. Add in converted offensive lineman Tim Coleman and talented sophomore defensive tackle Terrell Washington and yards could come tough. Albershardt, a player gaining multiple DI looks can play multiple spots on the defensive line we. Washington, the 280 pound man child should anchor the inside and is, by all accounts having a very good offseason. Coleman, an offensive lineman last season, had a strong camp run working on defense this offseason. Depth will be added with multiple players returning that saw time on the defensive front.

At backer, Healy and Bayers combined for well over 200 tackles while fellow backer Nick Brotzman is very solid. Last season this defense allowed 13 points a game. Add in an offense that should, if Thennell's history holds true, post points.

Nothing this offseason came easy for Mullen and that should be the case during the regular season as well. Mullen will open on ESPN against Valor, take a week off and play California parochial power De La Salle and later play defending Colorado champ Columbine.

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