On the north end of their practice field Monday morning, the Decatur Eagles offense worked relentlessly on their new system.
New offensive coordinator Jayson Lavender is working tirelessly on getting the Eagles up to the line of scrimmage and getting the play off fast – then quickly resetting.
Decatur head coach Kyle Story says although the offense is new, it still contains a lot of things that they’ve done in the past.
“A lot of it is real similar to what we’ve done before, but we just might be calling it something different,” Story explained. “There is a lot of retention though from things they’ve done throughout the years. They are catching on pretty quick.”
With senior quarterback Grayson Muehlstein behind center it should make for even a smoother transition. He passed for 1,444 yards and 17 touchdowns as a junior.
Around Muehlstein will be senior running back Levi Rust and senior wide receiver Cain Lowe. Rust rushed for 761 yards last season, while Lowe had 542 yards receiving.
“We’ve done it at times,” Story said about the hurry-up offense. “It won’t be totally new to them.”
Besides the offense coming together quickly on day one, Story feels the rest of the team looked good, too.
“We had a lot of retention from things we learned in the spring,” Story said. “The guys came out and looked like most of them were in shape. I was pleased with what I saw on the first day.”
Decatur had 126 report on the first day of workouts.