Carr impressed with Wildcats after seven-day springPublished 4:05pm Friday, May 17, 2013
With only seven days to work, spring practices move at a very quick pace at Edgewood Academy.
“We go out there trying to find certain guys to fill certain spots,” said Bobby Carr, coach of the Wildcats. “At the same time, you want to see them get better every day.”
Thursday afternoon marked the end of the spring practice period as the Wildcats scrimmaged in front of friends and family.
“I left yesterday’s scrimmage tickled as can be,” said Carr. “We lost a lot of great players. Don’t get me wrong. But with the bunch we have stepping in, I don’t think we are going to miss a beat.”
Taylor Hawthorne will move in at quarterback to replace Dylan Ingram.
“Hawthorne is the real deal,” said Carr. “He can throw like all the other quarterbacks. But he may have the biggest arm we’ve seen. And he has the ability to run – that’s going to help us a lot.”
He’s joined in the backfield by second-year starter at running back Josh Crawford. Crawford tipped the scale at 208 pounds, a full 30 pounds heavier than he ended the 2012 season.
“I don’t mind him being that big,” said Carr. “He hasn’t lost a step. His lateral speed is what is so amazing. He’s the Emmitt Smith of high school football. And he brings an element of swag to the team, that we needed.”
Carr also highlighted the pass-catching abilities of Jackson Tate and Daniel Green (both rising sophomores).
“They both made play after play,” said Carr. “Offensively, I was really, really pleased with the way we played.”
The most pleasant surprise of the spring, according to Carr, was the offensive line.
“Considering we lost all five guys from last year, I was really impressed,” said Carr. “These guys are just as big, but they are more athletic and that’s going to allow us to do some different things.”
Defensively though, the Wildcats still have more questions than answers. Carr and his staff must work to fill vacancies on the defensive front, at linebacker and in the defensive backfield.
“Hopefully some kids will grow up over the summer and get bigger, faster and stronger and be ready to step into those spots,” said Carr.
The Wildcats will return to the weight room June 10.