While Jericoe McGuire and Creese Redman are competing to see who will be under center for the Chico Dragons when they start the season against Frost Aug. 30, the two don’t see it as a position battle.
“We’re helping each other. Whatever puts the team ahead is what we’re going to do,” McGuire said. “We don’t look at it as competing. We’re just practicing to see who’s best.”
McGuire, a senior, started for the Dragons last year. He passed for 1,147 yards and 16 touchdowns and added 580 yards rushing and nine scores.
Redman, a sophomore, was the 7-A Offensive Newcomer of the Year as the Dragons’ running back. He rushed for 696 yards and seven touchdowns.
Through the first two days of practice, coach Stephen Carter is impressed with the work of both his quarterbacks.
“Both are competing and getting after it. Both have a good attitude,” Carter said. “The one who is not starting will help in other ways.”
Carter reiterated that he plans to make a decision on the starter by Friday.
“The kids will know Friday,” Carter said.
Just like the rest of the team, the two quarterbacks are learning an entirely new offense. The Dragons are switching to more of a run-oriented attack to take advantage of the hard-nosed running of the trio of juniors – Tyler Alexander, Cameron Starnes and Stephen Whatley.
“Last year at times when we had to run the ball we couldn’t,” Carter said. “We’re going to try to run more. We have three big backs who are over 200 pounds.”
The two quarterbacks like the new offense.
“It’s a good move,” Redman said. “The coaches got it for our personnel. We’ve got beasts at running back, and the offensive line is going to be good.”
The offense will also be run at a fast pace.
“We have to keep the ball moving and play at a fast pace,” McGuire said.
And no matter who is rushing the team to the line, the quarterback will have the support of the other.
“It’s whatever is best for the team,” Redman said.