After three seasons with Keenan Wise under center, the Wildcats are passing the title to junior Tyler Sellers with hopes of recording consecutive winning seasons and securing a playoff berth for the first time in program history.
“He’s ready,” Satterfield said. “He can throw the football. He’s been around the game of football his whole life and is well capable. We don’t have a big drop off. With a guy like Keenan Wise, we had 1,000 yards rushing and passing the past two years. He was an explosive type guy but Tyler brings us a different dimension.”
Now at Presbyterian College, Wise threw for 1,243 yards and 14 touchdowns, and rushed for 674 yards and 10 TDs.
Meanwhile, Sellers got on the field in some special situations but completed just eight passes for 81 yards. So training camp has been all about getting him acclimated with the more experienced players.
“A lot of the offense now is about timing, getting Tyler ready and fitting him in,” Satterfield said.
Just like the offense, the defense has seven players returning as well but the area of concern is the linebacker position. The Wildcats lost leading tacklers and linebackers Ryan Baker, Blayne Christian, Tyler Rapes and Lucas Hughes.
“Defensively, we lost some people at linebacker so we’re trying to find out who is going to fill in those spots,” Satterfield said.
However, Satterfield is not worried about the position of safety since senior Cortez McDowell, the 19th ranked player in the state according to rivals.com, occupies that position.
Last season, McDowell had 56 tackles, which was second on the team behind Christian, 10 pass deflections and two interceptions, and on offense he had 29 catches for 679 yards and eight touchdowns.
“He’s just a guy who is going to make plays on Friday night,” Satterfield said. “It’s nice to have somebody who can get you out of a bad play call or something. He’s going to be exciting to watch.”
“I just want to help Locust Grove to another winning season,” McDowell said. “Hopefully with the group we have, we can go 7-3 or 8-2. We just got to get after it like we did last year.”
In 2012, the Wildcats went 6-4, which is their best record since joining region play in 2010.