BY MIKE NESPER
New offensive coordinator Mark Humm is bringing a new look to Eagle River's offense. The Wolves will run a spread offense this season, the third change in offensive strategy in four years.
"We wanted to do something different," head coach Kenny Ray said. "(Mark) has put this all together."
The spread formation will allow elusive players like Malcolm Bell, Kelechi Madubuko, Jachi Madubuko, Danton Evilsizer and Ed Hall to get several touches a game, Ray said.
"We're pretty blessed at the skill positions," he said. "We want to spread the ball around. Get it into our playmakers' hands."
The key to success on offense will be avoiding injury, Ray said.
"The biggest thing for us is to stay healthy," he said.
Ray said the Wolves will also have a steady dose of running to their plan of attack.
The rest of the team is excited about the change.
"I'm very confident in our offense," said Evilsizer.
Evilsizer said Humm is competitive and motivates the team.
"He wants to win bad," Evilsizer said. "It's a good change."
The Wolves' top returning lineman agreed.
"The new offense we got, it's looking really good," said O.J. Hall.
The Wolves have always had talent, they just need to work on their timing, he said.
The spread offense highlights the team's speed and skill said Kelechi Madubuko, who believes Eagle River will be able to score with the best of the teams in the state, he said.
The offense requires more dedication off the field, Jachi Madubuko said. But, he said, the team is committed to the new strategy.
"We have good talent. We have a good offense," he said.
Bell, the team's leading receiver as a running back last season, said he's excited in both the new offense and what it will mean to Eagle River's success.
"I feel pretty confident with the way our team and offense is looking," Bell added.
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