Below are the players who will try to give Brinkley a birthday gift in the form of a winning season:
Quarterback: Zach Wade is the starting quarterback and the senior gives the Sailors' West Coast offense a dimension it has not seen in the past.
"He can run and make plays," Brinkley said of Wade, an athletic 5-foot-11, 201-pounder. "He'll make something happen."
Wade steps in for Cole Blower, who earned Daily Pilot Newport-Mesa Dream Team and first-team All-Sunset League honors after throwing for 1,212 yards and 14 touchdowns, with five interceptions as a senior last year.
Wade's backup will be sophomore Cole Norris.
Running backs: Brinkley said the team's biggest offensive loss was Titus Hasson, a Dream Team tailback, who rushed for 1,023 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior last season.
The Sailors will have a healthy Talalelei Teaupa. He missed most of last year when he broke his collarbone during a practice before the season.
Teaupa, a 5-11, 187-pound senior, is the lead running back, while junior Garrett Hall and senior Alex Flores expect to spell Teaupa.
Chance Siemonsma is a sophomore back Brinkley said he likes.
Marty Taylor, a 6-1, 203-pound senior, is the fullback. Junior Jack Storch is Taylor's backup.
Receivers: The top wideout in the area is Landon Gyulay, a Dream Team and first-team all-league performer last year.
The 5-11, 182-pound senior is a playmaker. He led Newport Harbor with 40 catches for 574 yards and five touchdowns last year.
Brinkley said Ivy League schools and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo are interested in Gyulay.
Junior Quest Truxton and sophomore Keaton Cablay, whose older brothers played receiver for Newport Harbor, are targets this year on varsity.
Truxton earned the junior varsity MVP award and he'll line up on the opposite side of Gyulay.
Riley Gaddis, a sophomore, has impressed Brinkley. He filled in for Gyulay when the returning starter dealt with hamstring issues.
Tight end: Senior Alex De Soto, a 6-foot, 246-pounder up from JV, gets the starting nod.
Senior Brian Team (6-2, 196) will lineup whenever the offense goes into a double-tight-end formation.
Offensive line: The Sailors lost a talented left tackle in 6-5, 290-pound Sam Bush, who transferred to Mater Dei after he made the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclassmen first team for sophomores last season.
The top two guys left for Newport Harbor are junior left tackle Ramsey Hufford (6-3, 296) and right tackle Zach Cornwell (6-3, 264).