High school football: Piedmont trying defensive end at quarterback
Darrius Burris, a 5-foot-11, 225-pounder, said learning the position “has been like a roller coaster, up and down.”
Darrius Burris, Piedmont
Burris, a junior, is being groomed to become Piedmont's quarterback after playing last year at defensive end.
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Burris hadn't taken a snap at quarterback before this season and knows he has big shoes to fill.
He must replace last year's senior starter, Collin Bricker, who threw for 1,776 yards for the Wildcats last season.
“It's going to be really tough, but as time will come, I'll adapt into the quarterback role,” Burris said.
Burris said learning the quarterback position “has been like a roller coaster, up and down.”
Burris is 5-foot-11, 225 pounds. Piedmont will add more quarterback run packages to take advantage of his strength and athleticism.
“We are slowly giving him a little bit more all of the time,” Piedmont coach Craig Church said.
Piedmont also plans to play freshman quarterback Josh Hampton at times and play Burris at tailback.
Kai Callins, Guthrie
Callins is preparing for a bigger workload at running back, but he looked most impressive at cornerback, where he broke up a couple of passes and returned an interception for a touchdown. Callins, a junior, will be used both as a running back, replacing workhorse Luke Davis, and receiver as Watkins tries to get the ball to his most dynamic player as much as possible.
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