Coming into last season there were a lot of offensive positions in question. This year two key positions have big shoes to fill and a lot to prove that's quarterback and running back.
The Lions have three players vying for snaps in Ballinger transfer junior Chris Keesee, Clint Taylor, and all-state kicker Matt McCrane. It's a problem that head coach Shipley plans to use in his favor.
"Clint Taylor started for us a couple of games last year because of injuries so he does have some playing experience," says Shipley. "He's also playing some tight end for us. Matt McCrane is a really good quarterback also an all state kicker. He'll play receiver for us when he's not playing quarterback and Chris Keesee who of course was an all-west Texas quarterback at Ballinger when his dad came to coach for us."
As for running back, junior Braxton Kilgo will follow in Stehl Ratliff's big footsteps whom Kilgo backed up in 2011. Braxton's teammates are confident he's ready for the starting role
"He's gonna be a huge part of our offense, says senior offensive lineman Caleb Milbourn. " He's a great running back and a great athlete. a lot of times when you have a good player like Stehl Ratliff you don't really see how good his backup is."
The Lions open up the 2012 season with Forth Worth All Saints on August 31st.