By Ben Enos
Monday, August 24th, 2009 at 11:49 am in East Bay Football.
This seems like a timely topic to discuss given the recent chatter on the comment board. Join me on a trip to Oak Grove Road in Concord.
With a new offense being installed as we speak, what will Patrone Wood II do in his senior season at Ygnacio Valley?
I’ve had multiple people ask me what’s going on at Ygnacio Valley. My answer? I have no idea, and neither does anyone else. And that’s exactly how new coach Chris Turner wants it.
Here’s what we know. The Warriors will run some sort of pro-style offense. Wood will be the focal point, as he would be at any other school. You just don’t get that combination of size and speed and call him a system running back.
Here’s how things could change though. Wood will play linebacker this season, in addition to his duties as lead running back. He’s also likely to catch more passes, because I’m told that he has hands we just haven’t gotten to see over the past two years.
One thing Turner is certainly cognizant of is the need to limit Wood’s touches a little. He carried the ball 30+ times in a couple games that I saw last year, and for him to play on both sides of the ball, that won’t fly this year. Luckily, they have a good compliment in Steven Porschet. Porschet did a good job in the double-wing last year but I think in a more open offense, he could really be a good weapon.
I think the condensed answer is that you really shouldn’t expect YV to suddenly become a team that airs it out 40 times a game and forgets about Wood. That said, the comment about the offensive line is an astute one because they did have some maulers last year that need to be replaced. The Warriors’ success won’t have as much to do with Wood as it will how quickly that line can come together, both as run blockers and as pass protectors.