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Spring football report: Converting WR Wesley Davis to QB key to Rockwall's success this season
How the 2010 season ended: Rockwall, which had won four consecutive games, lost in the first round of the playoffs to Carrollton Newman Smith, 28-14.
Key returning starters: Wesley Davis, who will be a senior this fall, will move from wide receiver to quarterback, coach Scott Smith said. Baylor Black, the team’s No. 2 rusher with 280 yards last season, is back at running back and will likely play linebacker. Linebacker Jared Farrow and defensive lineman Robert Hurd will help him with anchoring the defense. Colin Way is back at center. Rockwall has six starters back on offense and six back on defense.
Biggest questions facing team: Can Wesley Davis fill Alan Reed’s role as quarterback? Last year’s Rockwall team was all about Alan Reed. He threw for 2,580 yards and rushed for 789 yards while accumulating a total of 38 touchdowns. Davis, who played JV quarterback and also played quarterback in middle school, was the team’s third-leading receiver last season with 457 yards.
Can Rockwall’s best players stay healthy? Last year, Rockwall caught a bad break when senior running back Josh Broach missed most of the season with a knee injury. After that happened, Rockwall counted on Alan Reed to step up for the rushing production. And although Rockwall finished the regular season strong, depth is always important and will be something this year’s team will need.
Notables: Rockwall made the playoffs last season for the first time in three years. … Spencer Edwards, who caught 59 passes last season, is back as a senior and should be Davis’ top target.
He said it: “The game is about learning the system and learning what you do well. It’s no different than the real world. Competition is every day.” – Coach Scott Smith on position battles
Spring football game info: May 20, 7:30 p.m.
Season opener: vs. Garland Naaman Forest at Wilkerson-Sanders Stadium