Carroll’s approach about the May 22 spring football game focused more on what the depth chart was going to look like as opposed to the starters.
Head coach Hal Wasson said the first team offensive and defensive players were on the field for about 15 snaps before their work was done. The game’s balance centered on the second team and third team players finding a way to make that final impression.
“Football is a grind. It’s not an easy game to play,” Wasson said. “We’re just using the spring to develop a tougher mindset. Our technique is always strong and the way we take care of our business is pretty solid. But we just have to be really mentally tough to play this game.”
But going through spring football has changed. It used to be the first team offense or defense facing the second team offense or defense. Now, the practices are straight up, with first teamers facing each other. Carroll took that approach all spring.
Wasson said the change has occurred because the athleticism in the game has changed. Now, teams are facing players who are bigger, stronger, faster and possess the ability to change the game in one play. The only way to prepare for them is to face someone in practice who can be fairly close to their equal.
“Our philosophy is that you’re going against good competition so you need to be at your best every day,” Wasson said. “We haven’t built the depth we need. So fall camp is going to be pretty important. Guys need to be physical. That’s what is going to be important.”
The big question
Who is the backup quarterback to senior Ryan Agnew? Wasson hasn’t made a final decision and is looking at two candidates. They are junior Montana Murphy (6-3, 190) and sophomore Mason Holmes (5-11, 175).
Both have their strong points and facets of their game they must improve. Admittedly, Wasson said Murphy likely has the edge as the backup but the fall camp must be the determining factor. What he wants is for the quarterbacks to be in positions where they have enough work at whichever level they are playing.
Offensive line set
The biggest change the coaching staff made was moving Grant Stewart from right tackle to center.
“We want our most experienced lineman there,” Wasson said. “He’s making all of the calls and will be able to handle seeing so many different odd fronts.”
From left to right, the left tackle is Lucas Tribble, left guard is Ryan Miller, right guard is Chase Sanford and the new right tackle is Drew Jakala.
• Carroll’s 7-on-7 team won the tournament at Justin Northwest on Saturday and has qualified for the state tournament that will be held July 10-12 at Veterans Park and Athletic Complex in College Station. The Dragons won all four of their games.
• Wasson is currently interviewing for a new wide receivers coach. Kirk Rogers is leaving his position at Carroll to join Todd Dodge at Austin Westlake as the offensive coordinator. It is a step up for Rogers.
• When asked how good senior nose guard King Newton (6-1, 265) can be, Wasson said: “He had a strong spring. But he can be a special player for us this year.”