EAST­SIDE

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you’re there but not re­ally into it all the time.

“I thought last year we were a lit­tle clicky, but I don’t think we’re like that way,” Hurst said.

Hurst has done some other things to the pro­gram such as chang­ing hel­mets, and sign­ing the Ea­gles up for var­i­ous pass­ing leagues throughout the sum­mer — they fin­ished sec­ond in one — and now feels his team is more united than it was a year ago.

One of the clos­est ar­eas of play­ers on East­side’s 2012 squad is the offensive line.

The unit fea­tures three new starters, but the five-man group has been com­mu­ni­cat­ing well and has formed a bond. Obie Mash and Jared Floyd are the two lone re­turn­ing starters.

The line, and the rest of the offensive unit, will need to be on its toes a bit more this year as the Ea­gles will be mak­ing their spread of­fense nohud­dle.

Af­ter sit­ting down with coaches from Ap­palachian State, Hurst de­cided to im­ple­ment the no-hud­dle at­tack in or­der to change up tempo throughout the game.

“That’s some­thing that I thought about do­ing the last three or four years,” Hurst said. “With the no hud­dle, we’re able to speed it up or slow it down. It’s a lot eas­ier on the offensive line not hav­ing to run back and forth.”

Spear­head­ing the nohud­dle of­fense will be quar­ter­back De­mario Ter­rell. The ju­nior started two games last year and looks poised for im­prove­ment this sea­son.

“He’s prob­a­bly had as good a sum­mer and off­sea­son as any­body,” Hurst said. “He’s be­come a leader for us.”

An­other offensive player look­ing to have a big year is run­ning back Alex Smith.

Smith broke out in his sopho­more year dur­ing the 2010 sea­son, rush­ing for more than 800 yards.

How­ever last sea­son, Smith broke his arm on the first play of the first game and missed his ju­nior year.

Smith will be the main weapon out of the back field, but will be com­pli­mented by Ja­mondi Smith and An­thony Hen­der­son.

“Those two are go­ing to see the ball a lot too, as well,” Hurst said.

The big­gest ques­tion on of­fense for East­side will come at wide re­ceiver. Cameron Boyd leads the unit, but af­ter him, there are sev­eral com­pet­ing for play­ing time. Boyd, the Ea­gles start­ing quar­ter­back in 2011, starred in East­side’s pre­sea­son ex­hi­bi­tion against Her­itage grab­bing a 75-yard touch­down pass.

Oth­ers com­pet­ing at wide re­ceiver are La­mar John­son, Isa­iah James, Der­rick Jack­son and Evan House. House, a sopho­more, has im­pressed Hurst and his staff.

“He catches ev­ery­thing thrown at him,” Hurst said. “He’s not a burner guy, but he’s go­ing to catch ev­ery­thing and he’s go­ing to block.”

East­side’s first test of its Com­mit­ment and To­gether mantra come Aug. 31, against ri­vals New­ton, who has one the last three matchups.

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