The Steers' offense is looking.
Looking for its identity and how the different pieces will fit together.
Gone are all-state honorees Ben Davis, Bryce Reeves and Dillon Gonzales, the offensive focal points last season.
That doesn't mean the Steers' offense will stall or fail to produce points.
“I really feel like we're gonna be wide open this year,” offensive coordinator Casey Dacus said. “I don't see how (teams) can scheme against us because I feel like we're gonna be real versatile.”
In fact, Dacus said this offense has the potential to outperform the 2013 group.
That will be a tall order, considering the offense averaged more than 484 yards and 47.6 points per game and helped set a school record for wins in a season with 14.
Having a new quarterback will make the transition even trickier since the offense revolves around his abilities.
“We only can do the things the quarterback allows us to do,” Dacus said.
Heading into fall practice, Springtown transfer Landry Turner already knew the passing routes that he learned during the 7 on 7 season. That gave him a much needed advantage as more things got placed in his care at the first practice.
Turner will call out linemen protections and running plays in addition to finding open receivers and avoiding sacks.
But, Turner has shown that he's more than capable of handling the additional duties.
“If he keeps improving like he has so far, we're gonna be really good,” Dacus said.
Conner Smith, Todd Parker, Hunter Baca and Derek Sides will headline Turner's receiving corps. Last season, the quartet combined for 1,300 yards and 15 touchdowns.
The Steers have tons of depth at receiver which will take some pressure off Smith, Parker, Baca and Sides. The ability to spread the ball around and open up the passing game will tap into that versatility Dacus sees every day on the practice field.
Read the entire story in this weekend's Graham Leader.