Tobin remains key offensive weapon for Lions

Tobin remains key offensive weapon for Lions


Tobin remains key offensive weapon for Lions



Justin Tobin thrived in the Tony Franklin spread offense this past season at Cannon County.

The Lions have changed offensive schemes in 2012. But first-year coach Brent Bush has made it clear that Tobin is still a key offensive weapon for the Lions despite placing an emphasis in developing a run game — something the Lions struggled to do a year prior.

“It’s different going from passing to running,” Tobin said. “It’s a total different thing that’s hard to get used to.”

Tobin caught 54 passes for 750 yards. Both led the area for the regular season. He also had four touchdown receptions.

Tobin was one of the few bright spots for the Lions in 2011 when Cannon County finished 0-10.

Coach Joel Schrenk, who had been running the Tony Franklin spread offense, left in the offseason to take a job in Alabama. Bush was promoted to head coach afterward and brought in a different offense.

The Lions will still run some spread. But they are also going to run the midline in an attempt to create more of a run game, which was a major issue last season.

With those statistics, Bush isn’t going to forget Tobin. He became invaluable last season.

“We are going to continue to pass this season,” Bush said. “We’re not going to be so drop-back. We are going to pass it.”

Cody Petro, who was the Lions’ No. 2 receiver last season, moved to quarterback in the offseason to replace Ryan Jordan. Jordan transferred to Eagleville over the summer.

But Tobin’s role at Cannon County goes much deeper than receiver. He also starts at safety. And he is the team’s punter. He punted 32 times and had a 35.5 yard average in 2011.

In a perfect world, Bush said Tobin wouldn’t have that many responsibilities on Friday nights. He’d only play Tobin one way. But Bush doesn’t have that luxury with a small roster.

“He’s a multi-talented guys,” Bush said. “I remember the days of walking on to the field and never leaving. I’m trying to get out of that. My goal is to get this team to a two-platoon set and try to get the best 11 on each side of the ball.

“We’ve got some playing both ways. In a perfect world, I’d have more kids out here playing.”


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