Another in a series of looks at high school football camps around the Pacific.
Five things learned from the buzz emanating from Daegu football camp:
-- A season ago, the Warriors had the luxury for the first time of having to decide which 20 players to take with them for inter-district travel. That has changed dramatically; coach Ken Walter is “really thin this year, thinner than I’ve ever been,” with just 19 bodies on the field at the moment.
-- Walter, also Daegu’s athletics director, stepped aside as head coach last year and had his longtime defensive coordinator Luke Spencer step into those shoes. But Spencer is gone, having moved to Indiana, and every last assistant coach with the team a season ago also departed, leaving Walter back in charge with a couple of volunteers from the community. So, coaching continuity, which had also been a luxury, is gone.
-- In addition to being thin in numbers, the roster is also very young: just one senior, lineman Houston Graves, who transferred from the States. Walter’s entire junior component, including starting quarterback Caleb Page, transferred out.
-- One of the pitched camp battles could be who replaces Page under center. Four players, Andrews, Johnathan Evans, Tyler Pak and DeAndrew Rosalie all have seen time at quarterback, a huge part of Walter’s spread-option package.