File Photo Spring practice has already started for some Class 5A and 4A programs around the area. Others in the state’s largest two classes will kick off in the next few weeks, with the practices culminating with intersquad scrimmages in mid-to-late May. Here are questions some programs are facing.
Louis DeLuca - Staff Photographer Can Allen repeat as 5A state champion? Only three offensive starters return for Allen, but one of them is quarterback phenom Kyler Murray. Allen has six back on defense, including the linebacker duo of Christian Sam and Tay Evans.
Louis DeLuca - Staff Photographer Can Denton Guyer do the same in 4A? Texas pledge Jerrod Heard will be back for his senior season, after an astounding seven-touchdown performance in the 4A Division I title game against Georgetown. Guyer has seven defensive players returning. “I think we’ve done a good job in our program of putting 2012 in the vault, and moving on to 2013,” Guyer coach John Walsh said
Can area programs replace their top quarterbacks? The list of schools needing to replace productive quarterbacks is a who’s who of successful programs from 2012: Southlake Carroll, Skyline, Coppell, Cedar Hill, Colleyville Heritage, Mesquite, Lancaster, Frisco Centennial, Birdville, Prosper and Mesquite Poteet. Many of those quarterbacks — such as Skyline’s Devante Kincaid, Centennial’s Lamar Jordan and Poteet’s Tanner Ramsey — were multi-year starters and multi-faceted performers, leading their teams on the ground as much as in the air.
Tom Fox - Staff Photographer What’s DeSoto without Dontre? When Dontre Wilson touched the ball out of DeSoto’s backfield, opposing coaches stood in fear on the sidelines. Wilson, who signed with Ohio State, was a catalyst for DeSoto’s high-powered offense, scoring 48 total touchdowns last season on rushes, receptions and returns. “He’s going to be very difficult to replace, I can tell you that,” DeSoto coach Claude Mathis said. “One guy isn’t going to be able to do it; we’ll have to by committee.” Three running backs will be in that role: Jatory Sparks-Brown, Jaimon Peterson and Larry Nixon.
Matt Strasen - Special Contributor What’s the ceiling for Plano West? Plano West hit its stride midway through last season, using stellar offensive performances by running backs Soso Jamabo and Auston Anderson to make a run to the 5A Division II regional final. Jamabo and Anderson both return, as do three offensive linemen: Zach White, Cody Arledge and Chase Woods. Jamabo — a junior-to-be — is one of the area’s hottest football and basketball prospects, while senior-to-be Anderson has nearly 20 scholarship offers.
Matt Strasen - Special Contributor Can young players help Euless Trinity? Since the departure of do-everything Brandon Carter to TCU, Trinity hasn’t had that spark to get them past the area’s other elite teams. Trinity coach Steve Lineweaver pointed to two sophomores-to-be as potential playmakers: Tyler Natee (6-0, 210) and Ja’Ron Wilson (5-11, 175). As a freshman, Wilson is a member of Trinity’s regional qualifying 4x100 relay team. Trinity will also look to replace its quarterback, using the spring to hash out a three-way race among Christian Hammack, To’a Maumau and Deion Guignard.
Brad Loper - Staff Photographer Without Hill, can Carroll contend? Kenny Hill was a tour de force for Southlake Carroll at quarterback, leading his team for three seasons and helping them to a 2011 state title. Junior-to-be Ryan Agnew got plenty of second-half snaps last season, passing for 575 yards and four touchdowns while rushing 71 times for 492 yards and 10 scores. With Agnew, returning running back A.J. Ezzard and a cadre of wide receivers back in the fold, Carroll coach Hal Wasson said he expects his offensive skill players to not miss a beat.
File Photo Can Webb do for Rockwall what he did at Mesquite Horn? After five straight Class 5A playoff appearances at Mesquite Horn, coach Rodney Webb raised a lot of eyebrows when he left to replace Scott Smith in a rebuilding Rockwall program. Webb said that reasons for his choice were two-fold: he has ties to the community — living in Rockwall, with his wife and daughter working and attending Rockwall High School — and he believes that the job is a great opportunity. “I wouldn’t have come here if I didn’t feel like I could have success,” Webb said.
Kye R. Lee - Staff Photographer Will Carter get past the third round of the playoffs? After missing the playoffs in 2011, Carter bounced back last season to finish in a three-way tie for firstl in 11-4A. Now, Carter coach Patrick Williams is hoping to take the next step. With a deep pool of talented players to choose from, Carter should be one of the best teams in Dallas ISD. Linebacker Cameron Hampton (6-2, 205) has orally committed to Texas; running back/receiver Corey Avery (5-10, 180) holds offers from West Virginia, Oklahoma State, Nebraska and Texas Tech.
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