TUNNEL HILL -- Northwest Whitfield High School football fans saw last year's quarterback Ty Fisher set a single-season record for passing yards, and heading into this coming season the heir apparent to Fisher has yet to reveal himself.
At Monday's practice, Northwest rotated several quarterbacks with the first-team offense, and head coach Josh Robinson said at this point in spring practice the position is up for grabs.
"We're gonna give all the guys a shot," Robinson said. "You know, typically coaches say they don't know and they really have an idea. I think this is one of the few times where we're not a heavy lean one way or the other."
Northwest finished 6-5 last season, falling to Blessed Trinity in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs.
Rising freshman Owen Brooker, along with rising sophomores Braden Morrison and Ray Morrison, no relation, took turns alternating first-team snaps on Monday. Rising junior Matt Redmond, the most experienced varsity player of the group, was absent from Monday's practice but will also have a chance to win the job.
The Bruins threw the ball more than it ran last season, and Robinson said the team will keep the multiple-spread offense regardless of who earns the starting spot. With a committee vying for snaps at the running back as well, Robinson said this spring has been used to get back to the basics of the offensive playbook. With six upcoming 7-on-7 events this summer, Northwest should have a better idea of who its starting quarterback will be by the end of the summer.
Along both the offensive and defensive lines, Northwest returns a number of experienced varsity players. The defensive line of Zach Costlow, Dakota Hickman and Chase Humble all have varsity experience and will look to free up linebackers Logan Akins and Bailey McQuaig to make tackles. Rising senior Jeb Brooker will likely lead the offensive line and should play along the defensive front as well.
Redmond will likely play multiple positions on both sides of the ball for the Bruins, whether at quarterback or not, and Robinson emphasized that each of the options at quarterback will likely help the team no matter who starts behind center.
"Each one of those guys will end up playing somewhere on the field," Robinson said. "I told them last week not to just wait for your three reps at quarterback, and get in there at receiver and on defense. Learning other positions, especially on the defensive side, makes you a better quarterback, and whoever doesn't play quarterback will help us at those spots."
Northwest hosts Murray County at 7 p.m. on Friday for its spring game.