Saturday, August 16th, 2008 at 8:00 am in Football.
We’ll go in our backyard for this one.
Ben’s Question: I roamed the Las Lomas sideline for more than a few games last season and I was continually amazed at the plays that WR Diante Jackson made. The guy is big, he’s fast and he’s got incredible hands. Last year, he developed quite a rapport with QB Max Yago and he benefited from having guys like Corey Paclebar and Danny Ward to share the load. This year, Paclebar, Yago and Ward have departed and Jackson is the Knights’ unquestioned top threat on offense. Faced with that reality, who will throw Jackson the ball and who will step up to help take the load off his shoulders?
Chace’s answer: The lucky person set to inherit Diante Jackson as his go-to receiver is Lucas Gorton.
The junior quarterback was a backup to Yago as a sophomore, and even got some time under center during a few blowouts.
Knights coach Doug Longero is very confident in Gorton’s ability to take over the offense. And let’s be honest, as long as he’s throwing to Jackson, he’s going to be just fine. And to be perfectly honest, we wouldn’t be incredibly surprised to see Diante lined up in the shotgun every once in awhile. Longero can be a wiley play-caller in that regard.
Not all the firepower is going to come from the passing game, however. Gorton and Jackson should get some help from the backfield as well. Longero eluded to a sophomore tailback who could go a long way in replacing the graduated Ward, so keep an eye out for that.