Progress Sports Writer
CATOOSA — Nick Bergeron is eager to play some football.
He readily admits that he did not get enough of it last year. Not on offense, anyway.
The 6-0, 205-pound Catoosa senior is a quick and aggressive fullback, although he is better known for his defense.
He racked up 70 tackles last season, including eight sacks.
That’s good, but he has other plans for this season.
“I played more linebacker last year, which was great,” he says. “But I’m looking forward to getting in at fullback this season.”
The Indians struggled to a 2-8 record last season.
One reason for optimism this year is Bergeron.
With his size and quickness, he is a threat to break a long run any time he touches the ball.
And the Indians expect that Bergeron will touch the ball plenty.
Coach Greg Whiteley runs the I-formation and the fullback, in this case, Bergeron, will carry the burden.
Doug Quinn will be making a move from wide receiver to quarterback this year following the graduation of Corey Conley.
“Doug is a good player and will do a good job,” Bergeron said.
Quinn hauled in seven touchdown passes a year ago. He will have options to pass (to quality receivers such as Scotty Moore and Adam Tomlinson) or to hand off (to Bergeron).
Either way, the Indians expect to improve in Whiteley’s second season.
“I think we have a good team this year,” Quinn says. “It is hard to say how good, but we are excited about our first game.”
The expectations are apparent up and down the roster.
As Bergeron says: “Off-season has helped us get closer as a team and learn what coach wants from us in practice and in a game.”
The Indians lost considerably through graduation from last season. But returning skill position players such as Quinn and Bergeron should help the Indians regain some of that playoff hope they experienced two years ago.