High school football: Murray Spartans 2017 preview

Note: Murray finished with a 3-6 overall record in 2016 and fifth in Region 6 with a 1-4 record. It did not qualify for the playoffs.

Murray 2016 Offensive and Defensive Stats

MURRAY — There’s a new head football coach in town at Murray High School.

Well, sort of new.

Todd Thompson takes over the reins at Murray in 2017, in his first year as a high school football head coach. Before that, he was an assistant for the program and used to coach the Spartans’ wrestling team.

“It’s been pretty good because I’ve been in the school and some of these kids have wrestled for me when I was the wrestling coach, so I think it’s good, the attitude is good,” Thompson said

So far, the reaction to Thompson from his players has been positive.

“I think it’s been pretty positive, I used to help out, and then I got out, so now that I’m the head coach there are no kids that are left that I coached with before, so it’s coming in just starting brand-spanking new,” Thompson said. “I think it’s been pretty good, again, we’re changing the offense and the defense so some of these kids are getting three offenses in three years and three new head coaches in that time frame.”

Thompson is moving to a more traditional Veer offense, which means a new offensive scheme for the Spartans to learn. So far, Thompson says the team is getting it.

“Offensive-wise, we’ve gone away from the spread and have gone more old school, traditional veer offense. It’s been pretty good, right from the get-go, the kids kind of struggle a little bit, just because they’ve been used to running spread for the last five years, and now we’re going back under center and using more traditional,” Thompson said. “At the beginning, …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

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