That includes Evan Sprayberry, who played in the Lions’ secondary and wide receiver as a junior. This year, most of his focus will be on the defensive side.
“I want to see just a lot of big plays,” Sprayberry said. “That’s what I expect from myself. To help lead this defense to get stops. It’s huge because as long as we’re not on the field, they can’t score. We have to keep it out of their offense’s hands.”
Defense wasn’t the Lions’ biggest problem in 2012. It played solid enough to keep them in games deep into the fourth quarter.
However, they weren’t able to muster enough points offensively to take advantage most nights.
Moore will enter season with a new quarterback at the helm of Watters’ fast-break, spread option attack. By the third week of camp, he still hadn’t chosen between senior Jordan Bernhardy and sophomore K.J. Carrethers to man the position.
“You are very likely to see them both play in varsity,” Watters said. “Those two have stood out the most.”
But Lujan is back to lead the Lions’ charge from his running back position. He will see the bulk of the carries this year, which he says he’s ready for due to Watters challenging him.
“Coach has always been pushing me ever since he got here,” Lujan said. “The more he pushes, the more I go. He’s pushed me to the fine line to where I can push myself. I believe in myself and what I can do.”
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