Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
(Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune) Juan Diego's Chase Williams (37) runs the ball during the game at Juan Diego High School Friday August 24, 2012.
Prep football two-a-days: Juan Diego

First Published Aug 01 2013 10:04 am • Last Updated Aug 08 2013 05:20 pm

The dogfight for the Class 3AA state title starts in the classroom.

The skills to be successful academically are the same that Juan Diego coach John Colosimo expects his players to use on the field, and it has been paying off for the Soaring Eagle.

At a glance

Juan Diego Soaring Eagle

ASSIGNMENT » Class 3AA North

LAST YEAR » 12-1 overall, 5-0 Region 10

KEY RETURNERS » The running backs duo of Jesse Springer and Chase Williams combined for almost 3,000 yards last year. They’ve been challenged to break the 4,000 yard mark this year. Senior lineman Harry Jones started on the offensive line for three years but will move to tight end for this season.

PLAYER TO WATCH » Cole Nelson, sr., QB. His leadership in last year’s Wasatch win gives him the confidence to captain the Soaring Eagle’s offense. He completed 76 percent of his passes in limited action last season.

BIGGEST HOLE » An embarrassment of riches. With a talent group of players to choose from, Juan Diego still is trying to determine the right players for the right situations.

NEED TO KNOW » The defensive line is quick, athletic and tough. Led by senior Semisi Bloomfield, expect to see the Soaring Eagle put enormous pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

"It starts with being on time, being respectful and thoughtful," Colosimo said. "We ask that our players constantly improve so that our team can improve simultaneously."

This relationship on and off the field is the foundation for the Soaring Eagle success on both sides of the ball. With a roster filled with talented players, Colosimo likes his chances for success this season.

Quarterback Cole Nelson is more than adept at executing the split-back veer. It might not be the most exciting offensive package, but it is efficient. The Soaring Eagle are able to maintain possession of the ball and move the chains. Juan Diego finished 12-1 last season by snuffing out the opposition’s offense.

"Cole was flawless at Wasatch [a 49-7 JD win]," Colosimo said. "The kids are very confident with Cole back there. The hardest part about Cole is keeping him off the defensive side. The kid is a very good defender."

Nelson will have a pair of running back options — Jesse Springer and Chase Williams — to lean on. The two combined for almost 3,000 yards last season, and Colosimo is certain the two will surpass that total this season.

"Jesse and Chase have good speed in the backfield," Colosimo said. "They have the athleticism to get that extra yard, and we’re excited to have them both back."

Juan Diego opens the season against Corner Canyon. Colosimo hopes the new neighboring school develops into a healthy rival.




Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.