TUTTLE — Tuttle quarterback Jett Jobe almost feels free on the football field.
After spending the majority of last season handing the ball off to the Tigers’ plethora of talented running backs, it looks like Jobe is going to have a chance to let it fly this season.
Welcome to Tuttle, the new home of an up-tempo offense under new coach Brad Ballard.
“It’s definitely a lot different, fast-paced, throwing it a lot more,” Jobe said. “It’s a lot different than it was last year.
“Last year I didn’t throw it very much, but I think we’ll be really good at the pass game. I think our run game will be just as good as last year’s and it’ll open up a lot more for me.”
Jobe, who is 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds, did well when he did pass last season, throwing for 725 yards and 13 touchdowns alongside just six interceptions. He was also incredibly efficient, completing 67 percent of his 76 passes.
The yardage, TDs and pass attempts should rise this season.
“Jett is definitely a good football player,” Ballard said. “I really think he’s got a chance. If we do things right around him, he’s real good.”
But don’t think the run-first offense is gone.
Ballard said Tuttle ran the ball extremely well in the past — averaging 301.2 yards per game on the ground compared to 61.5 in the air last season — and he plans to keep a similar mindset to that of Philip Koons’ philosophy.
“Overall, I think the one thing Tuttle has always done well is run the football,” Ballard said. “Again with the toughness of these kids and how they work, running the football will be Priority No. 1 for us. I do feel like we have a quarterback and some receivers that will give us a chance to maybe spread it out a little more.”
Spreading it out appears to be the early focus in practices, with much of Tuesday’s work on quarterbacks and receivers.
It was a much different look for the Tigers.
“Those are just philosophical differences, you know,” Ballard said. “I don’t think you come in and change because I don’t think it’s broken.”
Still, don’t be surprised to see a no-huddle, passing offense appear when the season starts.
“It’s kind of like a new start,” offensive lineman Kevin Osborn said. “It’s my senior year and it’s something new we’re trying. I like trying new things.
“I’m used to a lot of running plays. It’s going to be different to throw in some passing plays.”