After splitting time at running back with departing senior Stephan Davis last season, Stringer is ready to take on the added responsibility next fall. As a junior, he rushed for 1,377 yards and 21 touchdowns while averaging more than nine yards per carry.
“Everyone on this team is just as close now as we were before,” Stringer said. “We lost some guys, but we learned a lot from them about how to live a champion lifestyle together. We still have that with us.”
Craig says that the Lions' quarterback job is anyone's to win. While he admits some may be ahead of others, the competition — between sophomore Parker Williams, junior Kanon Kirchner, and senior Braden Bush — will continue into the fall.
“We're not throwing anyone out yet,” Craig said. “We think some guys do certain things better than others at this point, but it's a competition. We're not naming a starter in the spring.”
Even with some uncertainty at quarterback, the Lions remain confident in what they can accomplish next season. Stringer believes that confidence was gained when the team went from missing the playoffs in 2011 to state champions in 2012.
“Over the last couple years we've all been really close,” Stringer said. “As a team, we've bought in to what we're doing and learned how to win. Now that we've tasted what it's like to win state, we just want to go do it again.”