MURFREESBORO – Brandon Bea met his future high school football teammates Monday morning.
The rising Riverdale senior wasted little time getting to know them on the football field.
Bea, a transfer from Washington state, showed off a live arm and quickly became a contender for Riverdale’s starting quarterback position.
“They live and sleep football out here,” Bea said of the transition across the country. “It’s a total difference. (Football) is life out here.
“But I love it. It’s my life.”
Bea transferred from Evergreen High in Vancouver, Wash., recently, but just met his teammates.
Riverdale is searching for its fourth starting quarterback in as many seasons. Cortland Owens moved in from Cane Ridge in Nashville in 2014 and ended up being the starting quarterback, replacing 2013 starter Gene Odom. Odom, who is a rising junior, is now a receiver and defensive back for the Warriors along with Preston Barge, who also was a quarterback as a freshman.
Dillon Woodruff, who is now a safety at Furman, started from 2010-12.
Bea is currently competing with rising sophomore Christian Souffront for the starting position. Souffront started for Riverdale’s freshman team this past season.
“He does have an arm,” Riverdale coach Ron Aydelott said of Bea. “I think Preston and Gene would rather not play quarterback.
“We’re either going to go with the young kid or (Bea) and see where we go. It makes our team better if (Barge or Odom) don’t play quarterback in some regard.”
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Souffront took first team repetitions on Monday, which was the first day for teams to begin work after the TSSAA’s mandated dead period.
Riverdale went 9-3 in 2014 and should be one of the favorites along with Blackman and Oakland to win the eight-team Region 2-6A this fall.
Bea, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound right-hander, said he was used to running a spread offense in Washington and said it was very similar to what Riverdale installed prior to last season.
“I’m kind of used to the spread formation — get the ball out as quickly as you can,” said Bea, who is being recruited by the University of San Diego. “It’s not that hard to learn, it’s just going to take a couple of days.
“I’ve got a playbook. I’ve been working on it. I’ll have it down by Thursday (for the Riverdale 7-on-7 passing tournament).”
Bea said he doesn’t think adjusting to a new school will be too much of a challenge this fall.
“I’m just here to be everybody’s friend,” Bea said. “I’ve moved schools before. It’s kind of tough getting to know everyone. But I guess when you come in and make plays they adapt to you.”
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Murphy Fair’s Preseason Book
Murphy Fair’s 2015 Tennessee High School Football preview book arrived at two Murfreesboro locations on Monday. The book, which features previews on high school football teams across the state, costs $12 and is in its 28th year.
The book can be purchased in Murfreesboro at 1660 Memorial Blvd., and at Game Days Team Sports at 903 Mercury Blvd.