Five different quarterbacks took snaps during Hirschi High School's 7-on-7 summer football season, now one is expected to rise up and claim the starting job before the 2011 season starts.
Sophomore Rico Shumpert is one of those candidates, playing QB for the first time ever this season.
"It's going to be tough," he said. "(I can just) do the best I can and do not let my teammates down."
The plan entering the season was to have sophomore Terrance Cooper start, but he's recovering from knee surgery and will most likely miss the entire season.
"These guys know that one of them has got to pick up the torch," head coach Cody Slater said. "One of them will pick it up, and we'll move forward."
Slater enters the season as a first-year coach, inheriting not only an open QB position, but also a team that finished just 2-8 overall and 1-4 in district play last season. He's doing his best to spread a positive message at training camp, including a new team motto: "family all in."
"We're all in this together, the coaches, the players, the administration," Slater said. "That's what it's all about."
A week into practice, the message seems to be sinking in. Senior tight end/linebacker Terry Fields was pleasantly surprised with how hard and intense practices have been.
"It builds a lot of character for us to out here this early," he said. "It's bringing us together a lot more."
Shumpert adds," We're becoming more of a team. We just want to keep it that way throughout the whole season."