MUSTANG — There's a different feel in the air at Mustang, and that's probably a good thing.
There's a new quarterback running the offense and a new coordinator overseeing the defense as the Broncos try to erase the feeling of last year's three-win season.
Junior Frankie Edwards steps into the starting quarterback role he held at the end of last season. But this year will be different for him, as the offense is more built to suit his skill set.
“We're gonna do a lot more diverse stuff — stuff that fits my abilities,” Edwards said. “It's gonna be a fun style of offense.
“The high school starting experience, you've got to get used to that to be successful. Last year warmed me up to what it's gonna be like this year. I'll just do what I can do this year.”
The offense will use multiple formations and spread the field, as you expect from the Broncos. But Edwards' legs bring a weapon Mustang hasn't had in a few years.
At running back, Mustang will use multiple backs and multiple sets to keep defenses off balance. Cory Irwins could see time at running back, but the coaching staff would also like to protect him because he's coming off a bad shoulder injury and is vital to the defense at linebacker.
Receiver is a position of wealth, with experienced players like Dakota Warrington, Colton Hadlock, Travis Mitchell and Joey Snodgrass in the lineup.
Warrington led the team in receiving from the slot position with 50 catches for 674 yards and seven touchdowns.
“There's a lot of good energy,” Warrington said of fall practice. “We just jumped straight into practice and we have a better attitude throughout the whole team.”
The offensive line has plenty of experience, anchored around Hunter Baskett, a three-year starter, and Tristen Hill, a 6-foot-5, 290-pound junior.
Veteran head coach Mark Ryan has stepped into the defensive coordinator role after leaving Centennial, where health issues kept him away from the game much of last year.
“Mark plays a lot of 4-3, three-man front — a lot of situational stuff,” coach Ty Prestidge said. “Our kids have really enjoyed that, and you play more people, too.”
Senior Tucker Calmus, a third-year starter, has shifted from linebacker to defensive end, a move the coaches are excited about. Jared Chance is a third-year starter at defensive tackle.
Irwins, Cody Beal and Brody Feldman are in the mix at linebacker, and experienced players like Steven Fruit and Andrew Madison are back in the secondary.