Despite enthusiasm for the upcoming season, the Copper Hills Grizzlies know the size on their offensive line isn't going to bowl anyone over. But they have a strategy to compensate.
Instead of one quarterback, the Grizzlies will have two.
Dustin Soter and Christian Reese will rotate at the quarterback position to start running plays and perform quick, three-step drop passes. Reese is a bigger quarterback, who is accurate with short passes and can run through tackles. Soter, on the other hand, is a smaller, quicker runner.
"We give two completely different looks at quarterback," Soter said. "The defense is going to have to adjust to me, and they'll have to adjust to him. We really spread it out, and we'll show defenses allkinds of stuff."
Senior linebacker Jorge Alvarez said other teams look at Copper Hills football on their schedules as practice games.
That annoys him, and he and his Grizzlies teammates are determined to change their detractors' perceptions.
In its previous two seasons, Copper Hills has a combined 3-17 record, but according to coach Kai Kapele, last year's 3-7 effort was indicative of a change in attitude.
"They had a good group of seniors last year who were tough kids," Kapele said. "Hopefully it rubbed off on this group."
Alvarez said it has.
"We see a lot more players coming in early, and more intensity in the weight room," said the senior linebacker. "We don't want to be that stereotypical Copper Hills that everybody thinks. Every time we get in the weight room or step a foot on the field, we want to make those doubters shut up."
LAST YEAR: 3-7, missed playoffs.KEY RETURNER: Jorge Alvarez, senior, linebacker. Alvarez will lead a defense consisting of many returning starters, including a talented linebacker crew.PLAYERS TO WATCH: Christian Reese/Dustin Soter, seniors, quarterbacks. Head coach Kai Kapele will turn to two of his mobile quarterbacks to lead an offense lacking in size. BIGGEST HOLE: The Grizzlies don't have much size on the offensive and defensive lines. NEED TO KNOW: After an winless 2010 campaign, the Grizzlies won three games last season and will look to their dual-quarterback offense to continue improving. However, the outlook is not so much different for this team who competes for players with Herriman and Bingham.SEASON OPENER: Hosts Taylorsville. Aug. 17 @ 7 p.m.
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