Mavs' Hoover undecdied at QB
First-year football coach Brad Hoover is evaluating his talent this summer, and 7-on-7 workouts against outside competition helps.
The Mavericks exchanged friendly fire with West Meck High on Wednesday, and they looked like a work in progress. Marvin Ridge's quarterbacks combined to complete 3-of-14 passes.
Marvin Ridge High's football team took to the field Wednesday with a little friendly passing competition with West Meck High School.
"We're progressing," said Hoover, who spent last season as head coach at Union Academy after a 10-year career as a fullback in the NFL. "Is it how fast I want it to progress? No, but we're trying to teach new systems, especially on offense. We're trying to get guys acclimated to our terminology and verbiage. The first week I felt went well. This week I felt we had a little dip off. At practice and even out here, especially with our offense we had some low points."
In the final team session the quarterback play was split by five different players, four of which have a chance to take the starting role in 2014.
A brightspot for the Mavs was their defense, which didn't allow a touchdown.
On the down side, Marvin Ridge never had more than one first down on an offensive possession and also committed four false starts.
"Naturally when you have penalties with false starts and mental mistakes like that it kills you," Hoover said. "In that department we have to get on it more. We're in a quarterback battle. We don't know which guy is there yet. They all made bad mistakes today. It's the vision, the reads, not throwing interceptions and getting the ball to guys. When we get it there we've got to catch it.
"On defense we had some breakdowns but I think our strong point is probably defense, especially our linebackers. The one thing I was very pleased with that I was worried about was our offensive line play. They held up in pass protection. In 7-on-7 that doesn't really mean anything because you have to be able to run the ball to win games. There were some good points but there was a lot of bad."
The QB battle is between Kevin Dobos, Austin Colonna, Jackson Hymann and Turner Schwartz.
West Meck's defense intercepted the Mavs three times.
"We'll go and evaluate this film," Hoover said. "We'll let them see it so they can see it first hand. Then it will continue to go through practice. As we push into Aug. 1 we'll see where they're at. We'll have to take a serious evaluation of it and see who has a head start. ..."
Hoover said he has about 75 to 80 players taking part in the offseason workouts..
"It's kind of tough because we still have a group of guys that aren't here according to our registration," Hoover said. "Numbers-wise we should be pushing 100 but I haven't seen 100 yet."
The Mavericks will get a chance to grade themselves when all 11 Union County teams meet at Cuthbertson High on July 15.