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Chico searches for new quarterback

By Clay Corbett | Published Wednesday, August 7, 2013

After three years with Hunter York under center, the Chico Dragons are searching for their new signal caller. York led the state among Class A quarterbacks in passing yards in 2012, so his shoes won’t be easy to fill.

“We are repping about four or five kids right now,” Chico head coach Stephen Carter said about the quarterback battle. “Two of those kids are freshmen, two are juniors, and one is a sophomore.

“I told them whether they are a freshman or a junior the best kid is going to play quarterback for us.”

To compensate for a new quarterback, the Dragons are shifting to a new more, run-oriented offense.

“We will run more than we have the last couple of years,” Carter said. “That will be new for our kids.”

If Chico can get the quarterback situation settled then the rest of their skill kids should take off along with an experienced offensive line.

“We have the ability to be better at every position,” Carter said. “Our skill kids across the board are better than last year. We have more speed, explosivness, and we’re stronger.

“It’s just those kids haven’t been put in those situations yet.”

Carter believes his strength will be with his defense.

“We have more experience on the defensive side of the ball,” he said. “This will also be the second year under [Heath] Tullous’ defense.”

Chico had 48 report on the first day of practice, which is the most in Carter’s three years as head coach.

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