Stuart Johnson, Deseret News
PRICE — Former BYU star Jan Jorgensen returns to his high school alma mater as head coach, taking over the reins of a Carbon High football program that has been out of contention for over a decade.
“I’m the kind of person that’s going be excited once we get to playing and winning,” said Jorgensen. “I’m competitive, and I want us to be there and able to compete with anyone.”
It’s a new beginning for the former BYU defensive playmaker who's going to bring a similar defensive approach to the defense he excelled at in Provo.
"For me being a defensive guy, and being on the Bronco Mendenhall style of defense, a lot of the attitude is the same. I expect a very tough defense, and a defense that is very assignment-sound. I want the boys to know their jobs, and be able to execute their assignments,” said Jorgensen.
“If all 11 guys know their jobs, and are capable of taking care of their job, you become a pretty darn good defense. I’m really focusing on the boys knowing their assignments and fulfilling their tasks.”
Even though the Carbon football program is riding a 17-game losing streak, it seems the only direction is up for the newest coach in town.
“Things will be different. I have no doubt in my mind that it will be a different Carbon High team that will step out on the field come August 22 than the Carbon High team that was on the field last year,” said Jorgensen. “I expect us to make strides and become a team that gets out there and every team that plays us will know they’re in for a dogfight.”
Carbon Dinos at a glance
(6 returning starters)
"We’re going to run a fast-paced offense, an offense that should be fun and designed around our strong points and our returning players,” said Jorgensen.
Jarod Lessar will be under center for Jorgensen this year at quarterback. Lessar returns for his senior year a season after being No. 2 in the pecking order at QB.
Garrett Blanc led the Dinos last year in receiving yards, and will line up in a slot receiver position this season.
“We’ve got three guys who are really competing right now for the majority of the reps,” said Jorgensen. “It seems like each one of them steps up everyday, so we’re trying to figure out how to distribute the bulk of our carries.”
“Those three have really secured those spots on the O-Line. They’ve given me a lot of confidence, and I really feel like they give us a real good anchor. If we can solidify those next two spots, our O-Line will be solid," said Jorgensen.
Although Carbon has been blown out in the majority of its games recently, it’s safe to say Jorgensen is beginning the transformation of the defense as a whole.
Coach Jorgensen already has admitted he’s stoked about his current defensive line, and is watching his other defensive players rise among the rest.
“I’m actually really happy with where our defensive line is, but it seems that at each level when you step back from the line, linebacker to the safeties there are a few individual leaders emerging within those groups,” said Jorgensen.
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