Moore coach Todd Watters thought he knew what he had in his two quarterbacks after his first spring with the team.
In Derek Harris, he had a confident runner in the option offense. In Colin Webb, he had a solid pocket thrower who served as the backup last year.
But during the summer, both closed the gap with the other in their weaker areas.
“We feel like now if one wins the job, the other isn't going to be far behind,” Watters said.
The players are trying to fit into the spread option offense that Watters is installing in his first year at the school. It's a similar system to what he's used at various stops across Oklahoma and Texas, though Watters said this offense will be run more out of the shotgun than in previous years.
Whoever the quarterback is, junior Evan Sprayberry will be one of his top targets. A hybrid player who is likely to play tight end, Sprayberry is likely to see time on both sides of the ball.
“He's a gritty, tough kid,” Watters said. “He's tough enough to play at the tight end spot and we feel like he's tough enough to start on both sides.”
Sprayberry is likely to be used at defensive end. Corban Lawrence is also expected to see an expanded role at receiver.
On defense, Webb is moving from defensive end to middle linebacker.
Six-foot-3 junior Adelaja Grayson is expected to play on the opposite side as Sprayberry.
Moore's secondary figures to be young, with sophomores Jordan Norris (cornerback) and Blake Brewster (safety) expected to start.
“They're both very athletic and we've seen a lot of good things from them,” Watters said. “We're excited about their potential back there.”
The Lions were 2-8 but lost three district games by seven or fewer points, with two of those coming in overtime.
In a district that features five playoff teams from a year ago, a postseason berth might seem like a long shot, but Watters is optimistic.
“I'm really pleased with how quickly they're picking up things,” he said. “We've still got a long ways to go but we're getting there.”