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Frisco Wakeland spring football report: Offensive line tweaks will help utilize team's speed
How the 2010 season ended: Frisco Wakeland, runner-up in District 9-4A, lost, 28-0, to Wylie in the first round of the playoffs. Wakeland finished 8-3.
Key returning starters: Wakeland returns four starters on offense and five on defense. Junior-to-be Turner Smiley, who played defensive back and wide receiver (17 catches for 166 yards), returns for the offense as does running back Devaughn Childress. Childress was the team’s second-leading rusher with 280 yards on 70 carries. On defense, coach Marty Secord envisions senior-to-be nose guard Jay Woods as a difference-maker and someone who can lead the defensive line and the entire front seven.
Biggest questions facing team: Can Nick West step in as quarterback for graduating senior Tyler Kirkindoll? For the last two seasons, Kirkindoll led the Wolverines’ offense, throwing for a combined 5,625 yards and 55 touchdowns. West played last season as a wide receiver but missed action because of a hamstring injury. Secord said West, a senior-to-be, greatly improved his ability to read coverages in the spring and has shown an ability to make plays as a runner. “He’s a really good athlete,” Secord said. “It’s just kind of his turn.”
Who will fill the offensive line?
As is the case with most programs, Wakeland often has to introduce several new bodies to offensive line work in the spring. This year is no different. The Wolverines return just one starter on the offensive line, center Chris Henricks. In addition to gaining experience, this offensive line is also charged with tweaking the team’s scheme slightly so that Wakeland can take advantage of its speed. Secord acknowledged the importance of the line and expressed optimism. “I’ve been really pleased with the way that group has come along,” he said.
Notables: Secord was impressed with the spring play of junior-to-be inside linebacker Dalton Walls. He said Walls was slightly undersized but played with great intensity. … Secord said his team had made strides on special teams, one of his focal points for spring practice every season.
He said it: “Spring is always an experimental time to look at your scheme and break it down. I think we’ve answered some questions.” – Secord
Spring game: 3 p.m. Friday at Wakeland
Season opener: Sept. 2 vs. Rockwall Heath
Rest of schedule
Sept. 9 at Wichita Falls
Sept. 16 at Trinity Christian
Sept. 23 at Frisco
Sept. 30 vs. Newman Smith
Oct. 7 at Frisco Heritage
Oct. 13 vs. Frisco Centennial
Oct. 21 at Carrollton Creekview
Oct. 28 vs. Frisco Liberty
Nov. 3 at Carrollton R.L. Turner