2013 high school football preview: Murray Spartans hope new football facilities help the team
The majority of the starters are gone from an offense that struggled mightily in 2012. But with the eight viable contributors on the offensive line, the offense should see improvement.
“I think that one thing that was a bit of a weakness last year was our offensive line. It wasn’t that we didn’t have personnel, but we just had a lot of injuries last year,” Richmond said. “It was a revolving door. I don’t think we had the same starting five offensive linemen in any game last year. This year, we went up to the Ute Shoot and I think there were 42 schools and our guys placed ninth. The only top 10 schools from 4A were Murray and East. I think that really says something about our youth.”
Richmond’s son, Riley, is slated to command the offense as a junior quarterback this season.
“(He’s) not a big kid, but he’s a competitor and throws the ball really well,” Richmond said. “He’s been around the game a long time. Really smart player. He’ll check us in and get us into the right plays. He’s got a great football mind.”
Mitch Rasmussen, who Richmond tabbed as “extremely shifty and tough to contain,” is a threat at scatback despite his short stature.
(2 returning starters)
Ethan Barnett, who also led the team in receiving with 26 catches, returns as the voice of the defense at free safety after buffing up 20 pounds in the offseason.
Coaches preseason Region 7 straw poll: Seventh
Deseret News Region 7 prediction: Seventh
Bottom line: Murray is making strides behind Richmond. The energy is steadily growing and players are slowly starting to stay in the boundaries. However, there is still a lot of work to be done to be competitive on a weekly basis. Depth is a legitimate concern — especially as the season progresses. The Spartans certainly could improve upon last year's one-win season, but making the playoffs seems out of reach at this point in time.
Murray coaching history
2012-current — Mike Richmond (1-9)
2007-2011 — Dan Aragon (8-39)
2003-2006 — George Georgelas (18-24)
2002 — Wes Meier (2-8)
1988-2001 — Wade Meier (63-80)
1984-1987 — Dale Pehrson (10-28)
1981-1982 — Gene McKeehan (5-11)
1974-1980 — Ron Haun (44-19)
1972-1973 — Dan Slaugh (6-12-1)
1970-1971 — Gene McKeehan (8-10)
1969 — Jerry Saffell (3-6)
1968 — Rex Wright (4-4-1)
1965-1967 — Joe Hansen (8-19-1)
1964 — Wayne Reid (0-7-1)
1963 — Bill Dickey (2-6-1)
1956-1962 — Ray Oliverson (24-34-4)
1949-1955 — Allan Davis (36-27)
1948 — Ken Farrell (5-2)
1945-1947 — unknown (6-13-1)
1942-1944 — Verl Meyrick (7-14-2)
1937-1941 — Paul Rose (18-20)
1933-1936 — Gil Soesinger (16-12-3)
1932 — unknown (3-4)
1931 — Mr. Swenson (3-4-1)
1920-1930 — unknown (23-27-5)
1919 — W.L. Gardner (2-4-1)
1916 — unknown (0-3)
Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years
2006 — James Aiono, DL
To view second team and honorable mention all-staters through the years, check out the Deseret News All-State Archives.
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