Carroll senior quarterback Ryan Agnew knows he has a lot of work to do in spring football. The Dragons are replacing nearly the entire wide receiver corps from the 2013 11-2 Region I semifinalist team.
The only returner is senior Parker Fentriss. Agnew is just now starting to get to know the likes of seniors C.J. Bryan and Ryan McGiboney and junior Zach Farrar. Mix in senior Cameron Emery and the potential of defensive back Tariq Gordon splitting time on both sides, and you get the idea. Carroll began spring workouts on April 29.
As for those receivers, Fentriss caught 14 passes for 154 yards. The others combined for none. However, McGiboney and Emery missed 2013 because of injuries. Gordon has always been considered a very versatile athlete, so to see him working with the offense isn’t too much of a surprise. How that plays out when the season begins on Labor Day weekend is another story.
“The main thing is teaching them the offense and getting all of the timing and going through all of the reps,” Agnew said. “It’s a matter of them being savvy, playing aggressive and making plays.”
Carroll is also going to be replacing most of its offensive line from that squad.
A deep running game
Carroll coach Hal Wasson said after the 2013 season he had a lot to look forward to with the running game. With A.J. Ezzard battling through injuries for a good part of the season, the Dragons were not as balanced running the ball as they would have liked.
Ezzard still finished with 983 yards, but the 2014 backfield will have more effective options with juniors Lil’Jordan Humphrey and Grant McFarlin. In what could be considered spot duty, Humphrey rushed for 674 yards and McFarlin finished with 475.
With steady carries between the two in 2014, Carroll’s offense could be even more balanced. It probably won’t change the way that the Dragons coaching staff will use Agnew, who rushed for 1,252 yards.
Reaction to Dodge
The reaction around Carroll regarding former coach Todd Dodge taking the job at Austin Westlake was pretty much not a reaction.
However, the hype will escalate when Carroll opens the season Aug. 29 against Westlake at Dragon Stadium. That game should be a hot a ticket, but there are no plans to move the game to another location at this time to accommodate potential high ticket demand, district athletic director Kevin Ozee said.
This would be the first time an Agnew opposed Dodge. Ryan’s older brothers Michael and Joseph played for Dodge on Carroll’s 2002, 2004 and 2005 state championship squads.
“He did a lot for our program, but he’s not playing the game,” Agnew said. “He’s a great coach. There’s a great connection between my family and him.”
Carroll did not have boys or girls competing at the Class 5A state track meet this past weekend. That in itself was a bit stunning … the Dragons have already formed their 7-on-7 team and will be playing in a state qualifier tournament at Justin Northwest on May 31.