La Vergne’s coaching staff is confident in second-year starting quarterback C.J. Fore.
They should be. He enters the season as the most experienced starting quarterback in District 7-AAA.
Fore is one of two full-time starters returning under center in 7-AAA from a year ago. Fore started all 10 games for the Wolverines. He threw for 1,007 yards — more than any other returning quarterback in the seven-team Rutherford County league.
That confidence, though, has led to a much larger responsibility in 2013. Fore will no longer run the Wolverines’ offense under center in the I-formation. La Vergne has gone to the spread behind the guidance of first-year offensive coordinator Aaron Talent.
“It gives me a chance to show what I can do, because last year I didn’t really get a chance,” Fore said. “We had two senior running backs (Daryl James and Willie Cowan), so we handed the ball off a lot.
“But this year I’ll get a chance to show a lot more what I can do,” said Fore, who had nine touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 2012.
He’ll get to show off a lively arm. He can make all of the throws out of the spread offense.
If the spread offense is a success, he’ll have no problem bettering his yardage numbers from a year ago.
“At first, we all thought it would be difficult, but if you break it down its actually quite simple,” Fore said of the new offense. “The I-formation isn’t what we needed. We’re not a powerhouse football team. We have a lot more speed than most teams. So, us switching to this fast pace offense is helping us a lot. We’re going into it real smoothly.”
Although spread offenses do require an ample amount of speed, such complex offenses also ask quarterbacks to be vocal leaders, quick thinkers, and skilled enough to interpret different looks from the defense. But coach Stanton Stevens says all of those traits fit his quarterback.
“We think he has a really good grasp of the offense,” Stevens said. “He does a pretty good job of reading defenses.”
Fore said he likes the offense because of the abilty to be diverse in it.
“We could call one play and there’s at least six plays inside of it,” said Fore, who began learning the spread after his junior season. “There’s a big variety out of everything. The more plays you run, (the) more points we can score.”