The Jefferson Panthers only return four starters, only one on offense. Coach Clint Layng spends most of two-a-days developing five new offensive line and new quarterback.
“The offensive line is the most important position,” said Coach Clint Layng. “You can’t win if you don’t have good offensive line play up front.”
One of the new players up front is Jacob Rasch. The senior moved from fullback to left tackle. Rasch admitted he thought it was a stretch at first.
“It was weird going from a running back perspective to a line perspective,” Rasch said. “It was definitely a change, but nothing to difficult.”
Josh Eckmann will stand behind the brand new offensive line. Eckmann and Coach Layng spend a lot of time discussing balancing act of leadership and playing the position of varsity quarterback.
“I’ve played with these guys the last two years on JV and I’m good friends,” Eckmann said. “We all love each other. It should be a lot easier than if it was a brand new team.”
Jefferson’s first game of the season is Aug. 26 at Ronan.