EDITOR’S NOTE » This is one in a series of previews of Utah’s high school football programs. They will run throughout the summer leading up to the 2014 regular season, which begins Aug. 21.
Clearfield alum and former NFL and Utah star Andre Dyson seems to be starting from scratch as he takes over the struggling Falcon program.
The Davis County school was once a top program in the 1990s, winning the 4A state title in 1992 and being relevant when Dyson and his brother Kevin were stars. But it has fallen on hard times in recent years. Last season, the Falcons finished 2-8 overall and 0-6 in Region 6.
"When I was there and my brother was a senior, they took state," recalled Dyson. "Two years later, we were in the semifinals. When I was a senior, we won region. We were good until early in the 2000s. We are trying to bring that back and get these guys back. We have good players who deserve to win games. Hopefully we can do that."
Dyson is installing a new defense and offense. When interviewd in July, he wouldn’t name any players or talk about returning starters from last year’s squad, and said he hadn’t even started putting in a depth chart. He had no idea who the team’s starting quarterback would be, but said there was open competition for every position.
"We haven’t been in pads," said Dyson. "We have a lot of good kids, but there is not one kid who has stood out."
One of the first-year coach’s biggest challenges will be changing what has been a losing culture.
"The biggest thing is the mental part of it and believing in yourself," said Dyson. "Everything is not going to be easy and it’s not going to be perfect. Mentally, we need to get over that. At Clearfield, we are supposed to lose, instead of having a positive attitude and thinking we are supposed to win."
Last year » 2-8 overall (0-6 in Region 6)
Key returner » New coach Andre Dyson declined to name any players who might be standouts, simply saying that competition for all positions was wide open, and that he expects to have between 70 and 80 players on the sideline when the varsity season begins.
Player to watch » TBD.
Biggest hole » TBD.
Need to know » Dyson was an assistant coach at Weber High a year ago, is a Clearfield alum and played in a Super Bowl.
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