For years, Casady senior Sam Hoffman’s health depended on how well the offensive line protected him. Now he’s one of them. A quarterback for his whole football career, Hoffman is making a move to offensive guard for this season.
It’s not all bad, as Hoffman no longer has to watch what he eats and can be a true offensive lineman. "Yeah, there’s no holding back anymore (when it comes to eating),” Hoffman said. "It’s been working, as I’ve been able to put on some weight.” The move became viable after quarterback Cale Shivers took control of the position last season. Shivers returns at the spot as Casady returns 17 starters from last year’s squad. The coaching staff knew Hoffman had enough talent to still be on the field, and Hoffman has impressed the staff with how well he’s adjusted. "You ask a kid to make a sacrifice like that, and you don’t know how he’ll respond,” coach Koby Scoville said. "He’s been a true team player and has taken it in stride.” Hoffman was asked to move earlier this summer. While he didn’t necessarily see it coming, it also wasn’t a huge surprise to him, either. He said the toughest thing has been adjusting to the blocking schemes and the intensity that comes with being an offensive lineman. Hoffman’s attitude embodies the approach of the Cyclones under Scoville.