Agnew ready to take over as Carroll QB

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Their names have cemented themselves in the lore of Carroll football. They’ve won state championships, national championships in college football and played professionally.

Each has held the keys to Carroll’s program becoming one of the flagship high school programs in Texas. So now it’s Ryan Agnew’s time to establish his legacy, maintain the Dragons brand and follow what’s been established with Will Mantooth, Chris Brown, Nathan Chandler, Chase Wasson, Chase Daniel, Greg McElroy, Riley Dodge and Kenny Hill.

As Hill’s understudy in 2012, Agnew had plenty of time – 239 snaps, 575 passing yards and four scores – to acquire the mechanics of the offense. In 2013, there should be more wrinkles based around the incoming junior.

“This is what I’ve been dreaming about my entire life,” Agnew said. “But I also see this is just another year for Carroll. We’re not taking any steps back. We’re going to play at one speed so no one can stop us. All those snaps I took were beneficial. I’m not new to this, so I’m not going to be shell shocked. But now I know I have the first snap.”

The day after the Dragons lost to DeSoto in the Class 5A Region I championship game, 49-45, Agnew began to prepare. But he’s always had an idea of what’s involved in the Carroll expectations. He saw it with several older brothers who played. Constant preparation followed by countless study augmented by endless repetition build the foundation.

But just like Mantooth, Brown, Daniel and the others, Agnew still had to prove he was worthy to become the quarterback.

“What I like about the Carroll quarterback position is that you never inherit that spot,” head coach Hal Wasson said. “You have to go out there and earn it. The important thing for Ryan is that when Kenny was in baseball, he got snaps and did everything that was asked. His teammates are now looking to him. He’s worked hard. He’s earned it.”

The summer routine has been working at Performance Course and fine-tuning the relationship he has with several veteran skill players in running back A.J. Ezzard and wide receivers Luke Timian and Ryan Weigel. All are returning this fall.

Carroll qualified for the state 7-on-7 tournament Friday and Saturday at Williamson County Regional Park in Leander. This is just another opportunity to extend Agnew’s working relationship. He also will be attending George Whitfield Jr.’s passing academy July 27-28 at Dragon Stadium.

In between, Agnew spent a lot of hours working on his footwork so the weight transfer from back to front will improve the velocity of his throws. He said he can already notice the difference from when spring workouts ended in late May

Then Aug. 12 will arrive and Carroll begins preparations for the 2013 season. The frenetic Dragons pace won’t change. But perhaps some of the dynamics will. With Hill at 6-1, 205, the coaching staff could be a little more physical with what it wanted to do. But with Agnew at 6-1, 175, you can presume there will be a little more finesse involved. Agnew will be able to use his speed to keep plays alive.

“He gives us a dimension that we had with Chase Wasson, Chase Daniel and Riley Dodge,” Hal Wasson said of Agnew. “Kenny had a good arm and three-year stretch. Both Kenny and Ryan are good in their own right. Ryan has some things going for him because he’s done so much better in playing with his eyes to make those plays. It will be fun to watch it in August.”

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