Leander ready slow down offense and control clock

The Lions are one of the smallest Class 6A schools in the state


Leander coach Tim Smith worked for coaches in college that liked to throw the ball 50 times a game.

For most of his time in charge of the Lions, his offense reflected that sentiment. But this season, the Leander offense isn't going to be much like the up-tempo style fans at Bible Stadium have gotten used to over the last decade.

"We're going to huddle, call the play in the huddle and come up to the line," Smith said. "We'll use every second of the shot clock to keep the defense off the field. We just felt like we're a small 6A school and this offense is a great way to equalize."

Triple-option teams at the college ranks often get a lot of flack from fans and players for their lack of explosiveness, even if the results say otherwise.

But it's hard to look away from an explosive player like Leander quarterback Rashad Carter, an athlete that has been on the varsity squad for the last three years but missed most of last season with a hand injury.

"It's been different since I've been in the shotgun for the last three years," Carter said. "But it's a good fit for the personnel we have right now and will have for the rest of the season. The biggest changes that it's a lot slower, we're cutting the clock down."

Moving up under center, Carter has less than a yard in most cases to make his first read.

Speedy running back Xavier Dotson will be his primary handoff partner, while Adison Larue returns after leading the team in rushing last season. Larue will line up at quarterback in some wildcat formations.

"(Rashad is) a great athlete, but he's also a great decision maker," Smith said. "This offense fits right into him. He can really run. It's exciting and he's dong a good job."

Eric Locust returns at center to lead the offensive line, while guard Brian Puckett and Westwood transfer Mitiy Carter join him up front. Defensive end Micheal Potter will also play along with the offensive line.

Ismael Sanchez is the top returning receiver after finishing second on the team with 12 catches for 214 yards and two touchdowns last year.

"This offense is hard to prepare for and it's going to be a challenge, but we feel like we can balance the field and keep the other teams off the field," Smith said.

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