By Erik Harris
TRUSSVILLE – Things look promising for Year 2 under the direction head coach Josh Floyd’s offensive system.
With key players returning and a full offseason for Floyd to work with, which he didn’t have the luxury of in his opening season with the Huskies, the 2015 version of the “Husky Fast” offense could be an upgrade.
“The main thing is these guys have been in the system and there’s nothing like repetition,” Floyd said at the Jefferson-Shelby high school football media days. “There’s nothing else to do to get you there except to get a lot of reps. Throughout the season last year, our guys got better and better.”
Hewitt-Trussville averaged 31.4 points per outing last year, something that could be improved with starters returning at quarterback, running back and on the offensive line.
Quarterback Zac Thomas, running back Jarrion Street, offensive tackle Kyle Miskelley and linebacker/fullback Bailey McElwain all received all-state honors from the Alabama High School Athletic Association in 2014, and all return to the up-tempo offense in 2015.
Reports coming out of spring camp and summer workouts have been positive regarding where the Huskies’ passing game can go this season.
“I saw our guys improve a ton [this summer] as far as the quarterbacks and receivers throwing and catching. We will definitely be better throwing the football this season,” Floyd said. “We have a lot more depth at receiver this season.”
Floyd wishes to utilize his deep batch of pass catchers to take some millage off the legs of Thomas, who tucked it up 225 times last fall for 1,137 yards.
“That’s not really what I want to do. I don’t think any coach wants to run his quarterback that many times, but we’ve come so much farther along throwing and catching,” said Floyd.
Perhaps the most difficult player for Hewitt-Trussville to replace in Year 2 will be utility man Cyle Moore, who averaged over five yards per carry and over 15 yards per reception a year ago.