MUSTANG — Mustang's Frankie Edwards didn't expect many chances to play last football season.
A second-string sophomore behind a three-year starter and senior, Edwards' best chance to quarterback the Broncos was a blowout.
However, injuries and other issues put Edwards on the field plenty, even starting a few games.
And though last season ended with just three wins — a rarity in Mustang these days — Edwards received experience that can't be learned in mid-August practices.
“The high school starting experience, you've got to get used to that to be successful,” said Edwards, now a junior. “Last year warmed me up to what it's gonna be like this year. I'll just do what I can do this year.”
His first start came against usual Class 6A heavyweight Edmond Santa Fe, a tough assignment for any QB in the state. And he helped the Broncos pick up wins in two of their last three games, scoring at least 42 points in all three.
But the offense has a different look with Edwards behind center.
Over the last few years, pocket quarterbacks like Brandon Taylor and Jacinto Biorato, have operated a pass-heavy offense. But Edwards brings a dual-threat component more like former Bronco signal-callers Matt Edmonds and Kyle Webster.
“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.”
Sometimes, the phrase “dual-threat quarterback” gets translated as “he can't pass,” but it's a mistake to make that assumption about Edwards.
“He's got great speed, and people talk about how quick he is,” Mustang coach Ty Prestidge said. “But he throws the ball real well. So he's kind of a mix between Edmonds and Webster. Frankie is a little of both of them.”
A year ago, Mustang had talent, but leadership was an issue, and the frustration seemed to snowball. Now that last year's juniors are seniors, and attitudes are fixed on rebuilding a winning program.
“We're motivated after coming off that pretty bad season last year,” Edwards said. “We don't want that to happen again in our program. We've been holding each other accountable, and we all have pretty good attitudes this year.”