Edgewood goes out in shells for 2013’s first practicesPublished 5:45am Saturday, August 3, 2013
While most high school teams in the AHSAA were given a rest last week to be primed for practices to start Monday, Independent School Association teams hit the field Thursday in shoulder pads and shorts in preparation for the upcoming season to kick off in three weeks.
“These kids are like a sponge,” said Bobby Carr, coach of the Wildcats. “They are so young, they are soaking up everything.”
The Wildcats hit the gridiron for the first three practices of the season (two Thursday and then a 6 in the morning affair Friday).
“We’re doing a lot of the same stuff we’ve done during the summer,” said Carr. “But we’re adding more of the running game that we couldn’t do with Dylan (Ingram) at quarterback.”
Carr said 2013 quarterback Taylor Hawthorne is a faster, stronger hybrid of Ingram (2012) and Sam Coleman (2011, now playing football at the University of Chicago).
“He’s a couple of steps faster than Sam and has a bigger arm than Dylan,” said Carr. “He’s the Colin Kaepernick of high school football — minus the tattoos.”
He’s also one of the fastest Wildcats, clocking a 4.5 in the 40. David Caton (Trinity transfer) and Jackson Tate also clocked 4.5.
“We’ve got some 4.6s and 4.7s,” said Carr.
“We’re young, but this is probably going to be the fastest Edgewood team we’ve put out there.”
Carr added that Josh Crawford, who will play a hybrid role as running back / Wildcat quarterback is probably the sixth fastest on the roster.
“A lot of these kids have been here and are eager to get out there and have a chance to prove themselves,” said Carr. “They are excited. We have maybe three new kids. The rest have been here and know what to expect.”