Brent Hofbauer patiently waited his time.
That time is now for the MTCS quarterback.
After spending the past two seasons as a back up to former quarterback Ivey Starling, Hofbauer will get his chance to be the season-opening starter.
Hofbauer has played a little the past couple of years. He actually finished the season as the starter after the Cougars’ signal callers were decimated by injuries.
Starling was hurt in Week 1 and didn’t return. Next came Britt Roberts, then Peyton Buckner. And finally it was Hofbauer’s time under center.
Hofbauer was the Cougars’ starter in their lone 2011 win over Mt. Juliet Christian.
“It motivated me a lot to get the win last year,” Hofbauer said. “It gave me a taste of what it’s like to play quarterback.
“I’m looking forward to this. I’ve been waiting for three years.”
Hofbauer admitted it was difficult getting adjusted to the spread offense. It was vastly different from the I-formation that had been ran prior to coach Brian Stewart’s arrival last season. To make matters worse, Stewart wasn’t hired until after the TSSAA dead period. That gave the Cougars little time to learn a new system.
But now the entire team has had an entire season and offseason in it. That has helped Hofbauer.
“I feel like I see the field better and know the plays better now,” Hofbauer said. “It helps a lot having a year with coach Stewart. We know him now.
“We know his expectations. And he has high expectations of us.”
Hofbauer finished the season 23 of 64 passing for 310 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions.
“His attitude has been nothing but wonderful,” Stewart said. “He was way down the list, but worked hard and continued to move up. Last year he did a great job when he went in there.
“He worked hard in the offseason to get stronger. He’s down a marvelous job.”
Sophomores Justin Winn and Jordan Evans are back along with junior Oakley Starling giving Hofbauer some experience at receiver.
“We have chemistry with those guys,” Hofbauer said. “We will be more experience this year than last year.”