Since taking over last spring, Brownsboro first-year head football coach Jason Hooker has instilled a new philosophy.
Having spent the past decade as Liberty-Eylau’s offensive coordinator, he believes in the running game and hard-nose football.
“We are trying to be more of a physical team and well-conditioned,” Hooker said Wednesday. “We are asking our guys to play on both sides of the ball. We have a philosophy that they signed up to play football, which is offense, defense and special teams.”
Three days into preseason practice, Brownsboro has been moving to the multiple-I after operating from the spread. Hooker and offensive coordinator Justin Waltz (went to Brownsboro from Teague) started installing it during the spring, which followed a 5-5 season.
Over the years Hooker, who’s been a part of two state championships during his 18-year career, has been blessed with standout running backs in the system. The list includes Texas A&M’s Tra Carson and the San Francisco 49ers’ LaMichael James, a 2010 Heisman finalist at Oregon.
Brownsboro’s ground game will feature running backs Quintus Lee and Mitchell Penney.
“They’re both explosive runners,” Hooker said. “Neither are really huge guys, but both are explosive and have very good speed.”
The quarterback position is up for grabs between Jared Bragdon and Will Bailey, who take over for 2,000-yard passer Shelby Rogers. Bragdon and Bailey have been adjusting from the shotgun.
“It’s different being under center,” Hooker said. “You play with your back to the line a lot. But they are comfortable anytime we go into the gun and one-back stuff. A lot of our concepts are the same as anyone else’s concepts. You just have to be under the center.”
The offensive line is expected to be anchored by Josh Seale, Juan Gomez, Jacob Wages, Justin Sellers and Aaron De La Garza.
Tyler Thomison, who caught 29 passes for 560 yards and eight touchdowns last season, headlines the receiving corps.
The defense, under first-year coordinator Josh Turner (went to Brownsboro from Queen City), is expected to be led by linemen Swaide Houston and Quentin McKenzie.
“I think we are going to be strong up front,” Hooker said. “But we have a lot of question marks at linebacker. That’s one thing we are trying to use this time for. … I think we’ll be pretty strong in the secondary.”
Brownsboro begins the season Aug. 30 at Crandall. The scheduled also features Addison Trinity Christian, Palestine Westwood, Wills Point, Rusk, Mabank, Mineola, Van, Canton and Athens.