Prep football two-a-days: West Jordan
Danny DuPaix is used to winning. The West Jordan Jaguars are not.
But as DuPaix, the son of the state's winningest high school football coach, takes over a team that hasn't topped .500 since 2009, the Jaguars' new coach expects to turn West Jordan into a winner over time.
He held the team's one-week padded camp earlier than most coaches to see what he had, and he came away "pleasantly surprised."
"We've got some athletes, and we're going to spread the ball around and get it to as many targets as possible," DuPaix said.
He knows his team's size will be an issue against powerhouses like Bingham, Alta and Jordan. But DuPaix nearly has doubled the number of players on the team by recruiting athletes from West Jordan's basketball, baseball, soccer and lacrosse teams.
"They're already in the school and they're great athletes," DuPaix said.
The Jaguars added Brent Beales, a 6-foot-5 tight end who plays center on the basketball team, and Chandler Firschknict, a 6-3 receiver via the lacrosse team, as targets for senior quarterback Colton Michaelsen.
The new coach believes change is coming for West Jordan.
"I feel like we're already becoming a family here," DuPaix said.
West Jordan Jaguars
ASSIGNMENT • Region 3
LAST YEAR • 2-8 overall, 2-3 Region 3
KEY RETURNER • Colton Michaelsen passed for more than 1,200 yards as a junior last season and will run the ball in coach DuPaix's offense.
PLAYER TO WATCH • Brent Beales is a 6-foot-5 center on the Jaguars' basketball team who has impressed coaches as a tight end in his first try at football.
BIGGEST HOLE • West Jordan is looking for someone to replace Chinedu Ahanonu, who signed a letter of intent to play linebacker at Southern Utah.
NEED TO KNOW • The Jaguars will run a mix of spread and option that DuPaix likens to the University of Oregon's style of attack.