Eagleville looks to replace Cobb at QB, 18 seniors

Eagleville's football team will have to replace four-year starting quarterback Ethan Cobb this season. FILE

Eagleville's football team will certainly have a new look this season.

For the first time in four years, the Eagles will have a new quarterback after the graduation of Ethan Cobb.

"We were discussing it. The last four years there has not been one play to throw a pass for us in a game or even a scrimmage for us," Eagleville coach Floyd Walker said. "What Ethan accomplished in unreal -- not only the success, but the fact he stayed healthy the whole time and never missed a game.

"We don't have anyone who any game experience at all. You appreciate a kid like Ethan, but it's like your own kid in that you have to turn him loose into the real world and take care of what you have at home."

Cobb will be a preferred walk-on at Tennessee Tech in the fall.

"He'll enroll in August and they've told him he'll have a chance at quarterback," Walker said. "If that doesn't work out he could move to tight end for even the defensive side of the ball. From a selfish standpoint, I hope it work out at quarterback for him."

Coming out of spring practice, four different candidates are vying for the starting position.

"We've got a group of four," Walker said. "Ryland Randall was our backup last year. Marcus Collins was a starter in middle school two years ago and we've got Andy Jones and both of them go to Central Magnet. We won't settle anything this month, but those are the four guys we're working right now."

Cobb is one of 18 departed seniors, which makes it even a tough endeavor for Walker and staff.

"On offense, it starts with the quarterback position," he said. "What can the kid do? Can he throw it and what can he throw? We're trying to figure out what we do best offensively to fix their skills.

"Overall, we've been going around and around which direction we need to go with this young squad. It's been a challenging task for us. We have to replace eight on offense and nine on defense, so we've got some work to do."

Despite losing a four-year starter at quarterback and 17 other seniors, Walker, who enters his fourth season at Eagleville, said expectations will remain the same.

"It will be a different look for sure, but the expectations are we want to win every game," he said. "The way we're approaching right now in practice I'm pleased. But we have to give them an opportunity schematically to have a chance to be successful. It's about getting game reps and learning to play the game the right way, but we have a short learning curve."

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