Jaguars to feature youth movement in 2013

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Coming off a losing season and returning only about a dozen letterman, it would appear the Summit football team has its work cut out to factor into the District 15-4A race this season. A lot will depend on how the Jaguars’ youth comes along – and there’s a lot of it.

“We are going to be either young or inexperienced or both in a lot of positions,” head coach Travis Pride said. “But I like the character of the team. We’ve got a scrappy, competitive bunch.”

Youth will especially be on display at quarterback, where sophomore Braden Nolen steps in. Nolen started on the JV as a freshman.

“He’ll be as good as we’ve had in a long time,” Pride said. “He’ll make a few mistakes because he’s young, but he’ll get better with repetition … He’s got all the physical tools to manage the game and play the game. The only thing we’ll have to see is how he [holds up] when the bullets are flying at the speed of a varsity game.”

Joining Nolen in the backfield will be sophomore running back Fred Adams, who has potential for a breakout season. Slot receiver Jordan Hester showed flashes last season and should be a major part of the Jags offense this year.

“He’s just one of those kids that you want to find a way to put the ball in his hands because he’s going to be hard to tackle,” Pride said.

Pride is hoping the defense, which boasts more experience, can be a strength of the team early on to allow that youthful offense to grow. He feels especially good about the secondary, which is highlighted by senior safety Dayton Boling.

Pride says as many as a half-dozen could work both sides of the ball, a departure from previous seasons. Inside linebacker Jerald McGlothin will also feature in the offensive backfield at times. Hester will serve as a defensive back and Chase Snyder could be the Jaguars’ best lineman on either side of the ball.

“When we get off the bus, I don’t think the other team is going to run in fear from our physical presence. But we’ve got some kids that are really competitive and we’ve got some really good athletes,” Pride said. “I know for a fact we’re going to be super-competitive, I just don’t know what the scoreboard will say at the end.

“We have some young kids, so we’re going to make some mistakes,” he added. “We’re going to have some growing pains along the way. I don’t completely know what that will result in. I don’t have a feeling about how this season is going to go, but I think if we can come together like I think we’ve come together since January, then we can have a really respectable season. I’m excited to get it going and I’ll think we’ll grow each and every week.”

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