The running back and receiver positions have far less uncertainty.
Senior Isaiah Robinson, a three-time state champion with the Buffalo track team, and senior Gabe Garrison return to lead the receiving corps. Senior Laythen Good and junior Jordan Tucker will figure prominently in the baackfield as returning rushers.
Good is the top returning receiver in Class A, in fact. He caught 38 passes out of the backfield for 759 yards and seven touchdowns. He led Buffalo's ground game in 2012, carrying the ball 128 times for 783 yards and 10 scores.
Garrison caught only 15 passes, but averaged 23.1 yards per reception, gained 346 yards and scored five touchdowns.
Despite the inexperienced line and quarterback, Sawyer said he still plans to run Buffalo's typical sets.
"It's the same offense as we always run, the double slot," he said. "Our offense is pretty multiple. We run a lot of different formations out of it. We run a pro-I out of it, we run a lot of formations, but it starts out as double slot."
Offense or defense, Sawyer said the most important thing for Buffalo this summer will be incorporating the new players into the program.
"I'm more concerned with the weight room and getting those freshmen acclimated with what we're doing," he said. "We'll probably have around 30 kids and half of them will be freshmen, so we're just trying to get them all acclimated with what we're doing and trying to see who can play where and what position we can work them in. Soak up the experience, we're working hard and trying to learn. That's the important thing."
With such an approach, the Bison hope to answer questions about its potential starters and use the team's abundance of freshman as strength.
Buffalo opens the season at Parkersburg Catholic Aug. 31.