ETSN.fm 2013 Preseason Class A/Private Poll: No. 6 Tyler Grace
Tyler Grace has become one of the most consistent TAPPS programs in the state, and rather quickly. The Cougars enter 2013 looking for their fifth consecutive trip to the playoffs in just their ninth year of existence.
And Grace has ascended into success thanks in large measure to a wide-open spread attack on offense that's annually become one of East Texas' most explosive units. Last season, the Cougars averaged 48.2 points per game. And since 2010, Grace has scored 45.2 points on average.
Those type of numbers may be a challenge for Grace this season after the Cougars lost all but three offensive starters to graduation. However, their best offensive weapon from 2012 returns in the person of Kade Clayton, who did just about everything imaginable. He began the year at receiver, switched mid-season to running back, returned kicks and punts and played the secondary.
It was thought Clayton would assume the role of quarterback after Blake White's departure, but an offseason shoulder injury could complicate the issue. If Clayton is unable to throw, head coach Mike Maddox could hand the reins to receiver Chandler Nutt. Regardless of where he plays though, getting the ball in Clayton's hands as much as possible will be a top priority.