August 9, 2012
on new offense, defense
Bart Jenkins is eager to get a good look at his Marshall Academy football team Thursday evening.
The Patriots will go to Carroll Academy for a District 1-AA jamboree.
Jenkins, in his first season as the head coach after two years as an assistant, is changing schemes offensively and defensively to fit his personnel.
“It’s pretty much an entirely new offense and defense,” he said. “The team is a little tired mentally, trying to absorb everything, but we will work through that.”
One example of adapting based on personnel is the abundance of talented tight ends.
“We have four tight ends who are all very good,” Jenkins said. “It’s a challenge creating a system involving the tight ends.”
He expects to operate more like a pro-style running team with the ability to throw the ball, too.
“We have to create situations where we get our playmakers the ball,” Jenkins said.
He is also blessed with size and depth in the offensive line.
“The depth is there, and we’re bigger, but we’re not quite as mobile,” Jenkins said.
He is also blessed with an increased number of players – about 25.
“We’re excited about that big of a number,” he said.
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