Chris Hale is the most experienced Eagleville player returning for the 2013 season.
As a four-year starter, the Eagleville two-way starter will be asked to lead on both sides of the ball for the Eagles.
Thankfully for Hale, he will have a returning quarterback this year in senior Ryan Jordan.
“It’s a great feeling,” said Hale on Jordan returning as quarterback. “It’s the first time it’s happened since my four years being here having the same quarterback, so its pretty good to get comfortable with him.”
“He knows what we’re doing, and knows how to get it done and so does everyone else. It just goes along with everything.”
Hale is a hard-nosed runner. He’s not afraid of picking up the hard yard. However, he’s got enough speed to break open long runs.
Hale emerged as a go-to back during his sophomore year. He battled injuries at times this past season. Still, he is approaching 2,500 yards for his high school career. He enters the year with 2,430 yards.
Jordan and Hale are the two most experienced skilled players on offense after the Eagles graduated their starting receivers.
“I think we’re coming closer and closer to getting them (on the same page),” Hale said of the competition at receiver. “Britt (Roberts) and A.J. (Garza) — they are really good. Maison (Vallance) and the other ones are coming along too.
When the receivers find their roles in the offense, Eagle fans could see more of Hale pass blocking, as the offense will be able to mix up the play calling.
As far as defense is concerned, not only is the 5-foot-10, 170-pound free safety is still learning the defense himself, but he is also helping the newcomers in the secondary get a better understanding of what they could see over the course of the season.
The Eagles graduated their starting corners from a year ago.
“We’re coming along, we got some young kids playing corner that are learning still. We got a new safety, and he’s learning still. I’m still learning,” said Hale on the inexperience of the secondary. “We’re coming along, we’ll get better as the season goes by.”
Hale says he is in “way better shape than ever,” largely in part because of the responsibilities he has this year.
“Playing both sides of the ball is not easy.”