Panthers’ work just getting started

06/09/2014 3:36 PM

06/09/2014 3:38 PM

Colleyville Heritage wrapped up an abbreviated yet productive spring football season with its spring game on May 30.

While revealing specifics is never part of a spring game (why give opponents an opportunity to scout your plays?), there still was not much head coach Darren Allman and his short-handed staff could do beyond the basics during the 13 workouts.

Still, Allman believed the players got enough out of the days to start understanding what is being asked. By the spring game, more elements of the offense and defense were simplified to where execution was expected.

“I was pleased with the spring overall,” Allman said. “We narrowed things down. When we go against each other, your depth is real thin. But our kids handled it real well. We got a ton of work in so we made some really good progress.”

But the true progress will be measured once the entire Colleyville Heritage coaching staff is assembled, on campus and getting to know the players more. Allman said when that happens, the coaches and players will have more detailed meetings, especially when it comes to evaluating film. Allman had about four coaches working with him through the spring.

As far as putting together a starting 22 (11 offense, 11 defense), Allman believes he has a fairly strong idea as to who will be where. The final analysis will come once fall workouts begin in August.

That said, the summer strength and conditioning programs will be emphasized more than ever. The players will have this week off and start the program on Monday.

“It’s probably as an important a conditioning program time that I’ve ever been a part of,” Allman said. “With the coaches coming in, that’s going to be the time when they start to get to know the players. That will happen in phases. But it will get there.”

QB race

The battle for the starting position between Clayton Oliver and Trevor Anderson will carry into the fall, Allman said. He considers the race between the two very tight.

“The one thing is that we did not have enough live scrimmages to make that determination [for the starter],” Allman said. “I do not think either one has pulled away.”

Both saw limited varsity playing time in 2013.

Corbin’s big year

A shoulder injury limited what running back Demarco Corbin could really deliver in 2013. He only rushed for 371 yards. But he’s healthy. And in this offense, much will be expected of the running back.

Allman and Corbin discussed expectations. The bottom line is that Corbin is going to be the primary ball carrier. A 1,000-yard season is one of the goals.

“Demarco needs to have a good summer to get ready, because he’s the kind of player who can be a difference maker,” Allman said. “He can be a 20-25 carry a game guy. But it’s also going to depend on what other people give us.”

Notable

Look for several two-way players in 2014 with cornerback/inside receiver Nick Felix, defensive end/tight end Maxx Crosby, tight end/defensive end Garret Scotch. Ryan Phillippe and Jared Crouch should also split time on both sides of the ball … While he didn’t have a rushing attempt in 2013, running back Justin Toberny had a good spring and could factor into the offense as the second running back, Allman said … Colleyville Heritage is in the middle of forming its 7-on-7 teams … team captains are expected to be named in August.

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