After career highs in passing yards and touchdowns, John Dutton will retake the helm at quarterback for the Gladiators in 2011.
Dutton threw for over 4,000 yards for the sixth straight season, pairing 5,104 yards through the air with 100 passing touchdowns. His experience in two Arena Bowl games and reputation as one of the best signal-callers in league history is vital to the young Gladiators' success.
Although the team is bringing back its leader and captain, the Gladiators lost their best receivers statistically from 2010: Ben Nelson, Brett Holmes and Chris Johnson.
Expected to fill the void from the first snap is returning 2008 starter Robert Redd.
He, along with Quorey Payne and a cast of young players, are expected to take the place of the departed trio. Russell Monk returns at fullback, where he started in 13 games and scored 10 touchdowns last season.
Dutton will be protected once again by Adam Tadisch and Billy Eisenhardt on the offensive line. Tadisch emerged as one of the team's stars last season, and his success almost landed him a gig with the New York Jets in the offseason. The two men up front are expected to create another perpetual pocket for Dutton to throw in once again.