Just like any other quarterback Campus coach Greg Slade has had in the past, Colby Leeper has fit right in. The transition from receiver to quarterback has been smooth, even in the Colts’ pass-heavy offense.
“The good thing with Colby is that he’s had an opportunity to play varsity football,” Slade said. “The other thing is, we have some returners on the offensive line.”
Those returners are tackle Chad Sublett, guard Colton Miller — who has been a two-year starter, and center Abel Duran-Navarro. Not only will the strong front allow Miller to get comfortable in the pocket, it will – they hope – allow the Colts to balance the offense and run the ball a little more.
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Though junior Demetrius Schley has made the switch from running back to wide receiver, the team has senior Alex Harbour to lead the way out of the backfield.
“The O-line is going to be the strength of our offense this year with the change (to Colby),” Slade said. “One of the things we talked about was evening our offense out a little, and our O-line will be key to that.”
Another key to that will be the defense, which struggled last year. The team gave up 51 points per game in a 1-8 season. Slade hopes that with improvement in speed and basic tackling, the team will be able to take a few steps forward in 2015.
“We have to get faster, and we have to tackle better if we want to have some success on the defensive side of the ball,” Slade said. “If the defense can get off the field, it’s going to help your offense out, and we don’t want those guys out there as long as they were… I just think we can work together offensively and defensively.”