Versatility is going to play an important role for at least three area football teams in 2019.
In separate interviews with The Express-Star, head coaches Jerry Don Bray (Chickasha), Matt Brand (Alex) and Mason Anthony (Rush Springs) all talked about a specific player on their team that can play different positions.
Bray was talking about Austin Albright. Albright has plenty of experience at the quarterback position as a dual-threat player.
According to Bray, the offense will have different ways of getting Albright and his playmaking ability the football.
“He does such a great job with the ball in his hands. He’s so dynamic,” Bray said. “We’ll just move him around, and he’s still the leader of our team.”
The Alex Longhorns have benefited from Tatton Anderson’s versatility during his two seasons. That versatility and athleticism showed up in Alex’s 54-6 win over Empire in the first round of the Class B playoffs in 2018.
Anderson ran for four touchdowns in the win and also returned a punt for a touchdown. He can line up at multiple positions, which forces opposing teams to make adjustments on the defensive side of the ball.
“Tatton’s a kid that we can put anywhere on the field,” Brand said. “We’re excited about being able to use him at different spots and make people adjust to where he’s at on the field.”
Entering his junior season, Anderson has more than 3,000 rushing yards.
Anthony is expecting big things out of Caleb Heston this season. He said that Heston can play different positions and step up on both sides of the ball.
“He’s kind of like a multitool for us offensively and defensively,” Anthony said. “He’s definitely a kid to watch for this year.”
Chickasha and Alex are scheduled to begin the season Sept. 6. Rush Springs is scheduled to begin its season Aug. 30.