“We won the Weber State 7-on-7 passing league, and you can’t put too much credence into that just because you’re not playing tackle and you take away the run component,” Whitehead explained. “ In the passing leagues they both looked great. Right now we have yet to name a starter, but we anticipate that starter will be named either Monday or Tuesday of next week so we can move forward.”
Coleman Meier will handle the carries in the backfield.
“Coleman is extremely quick. He took region in the 200 (meters). He is right now a recruitable athlete,” Whitehead said. “Some of the smaller schools are looking at him. He’s not one of the big-time D-I athletes that so many people get excited about — we don’t necessarily get those types at Olympus all the time — but Coleman is going to be our feature back.”
Whitehead also highlighted Jeff Day: “Awesome, awesome, awesome offensive lineman. Very mature last year for a sophomore and obviously mature this year. He’s going to do a good job for us at guard.”
(7 returning starters)
Whitehead was quick to pass the credit for this side of the ball to defensive coordinator Brandon Burt. However, that also means Burt has the responsibility of driving the luxury car without wrecking it. Olympus returns seven starters defensively.
Whitehead raved about free safety Connor Haller, who will also be the primary target at receiver. He's a “ball hawk that can lay the wood and cover the field,” said Whitehead.
“I’m excited (about the defense),” Whitehead said. “There’s some speed and size there and it’s a fun unit. I’m generally more of an offensive guy, but it’s fun to participate on the defensive side. These kids have a lot of passion.”
Coaches preseason Region 7 straw poll: Second
Deseret News Region 7 prediction: Third
Bottom line: The odds are stacked against Olympus, but then again the odds were long last season and the Titans proved the state wrong. They have fewer questions to answer heading into the season, and return enough experience to contend seriously for a state title. The fact that both the Orem and Skyline games are on the road only increases the stakes, but doubting this program is tough to do at this point in time.
Olympus coaching history
2011-current — Aaron Whitehead (15-7)
2009-2010 — Mike Smith (14-7)
2004-2008 — Mark Smith (17-34)
1998-2003 — Mike Miller (48-20)
1991-1997 — Tom Larson (42-20)
1985-1990 — Marc Lyons (33-29)
1974-1984 — Louie Long (76-37)
1971-1973 — Wayne Startin (16-11-1)
1967-1970 — John Christopulos (12-25-1)
1964-1966 — Ron Startin (16-9-2)
1956-1963 — Gil Meier (34-28-5)
1954-1955 — Bill Green (7-10)
1953 — Don Dixon (5-3)
Deseret News First Team all-staters the past 10 years
2011 — Scott Porter, QB
2011 — Nate Watchman, OL
2010 — Sam Williams, DB
2009 — Ryan Reynolds, OL
2005 — Ryan Roundy, LB
2003 — Brad Clifford, WR
2003 — Mike Price, OL
To view second team and honorable mention all-staters through the years, check out the Deseret News All-State Archives.
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