Wolves to feature tough defense

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The Timberview football team went 3-7 in James Brown’s first year as head coach, finishing 2-5 in district play, but Brown and his staff are hoping that with a full year now at the school, the Wolves can start to factor into one of the toughest districts in Texas.

“We feel good about where we are,” he said. “We know that we’re in probably the toughest district in the state of Texas, but we really feel like we can go out and be competitive.”

Timberview’s strength lies on the defensive side of the ball, where the Wolves return seven starters, including a pair of key pieces in safety Brandon Simmons and cornerback Ed Paris.

Brown calls Simmons the quarterback of the defense. The three-year starter is committed to Stanford.

“He’s a very intelligent, smart kid and really understands the game. He’s a gym rat of football; loves being around the game all the time. He’s a student of the game. He’s a huge part of what we have coming back.”

Joining him in the secondary is LSU commit Paris. “He’s a big corner; he can cover guys one-on-one. He offers us a lot of stability at the corner position.” Brown said.

The Wolves also have all three linebackers coming back, as well as two all-district defensive tackles.

“The three of four spots we need to fill voids at, we really feel like we’ve got some players that and some athletes that can be even better than the ones we had prior,” Brown said.

So the challenge this spring was to get a young offense up to speed. Timberview returns only three players with significant varsity experience, but one of them is quarterback Tevin Muse, who started seven games for the Wolves last season.

“We feel really good about what he does with his arm and how good he is in the pocket,” Brown said.

But protecting Muse is a concern. The Wolves have to replace all five offensive linemen, but Brown was satisfied with the strides shown in spring drills.

“Where we feel like we made the most gains was with seven or eight guys at the offensive line position that really stepped up and became pretty good together,” Brown stated.

He also felt a few offensive skill players caught his eye with good springs, including wide receivers Myron Galliard and Matt Martin and running back Daniel Ramos.

“We feel really good coming out of the spring,” Brown asserted. “We feel our kids really picked it up. We kind of incorporated a new passing scheme and did some things differently than we did last year in the passing game, and we feel like our kids grasped that pretty good.”

The staff was especially happy to see the team escape the spring free of any major injuries, and the Wolves head into fall perhaps a bit ahead of where coaches anticipated.

“As we left spring, we raised expectations on where they should be in the fall, because we felt like they had a better spring that we thought going into it,” Brown said.

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