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.