Robbins takes over as OC

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By Jesse Osbourne

After handing the keys to Craig Yeast last season, Marion County High School Football Head Coach Jeff Robbins will call the offensive plays from the sideline this season.

Craig Yeast confirmed that he has accepted a coaching position with

Washington County High School. He indicated he will not be the primary play caller on offense but will have plenty of input. He also said he was very comfortable with the offense since he has played in it before.

At press time, Yeast still held his position as an aide at Marion

County High School. He said he will continue to hold that position unless something else becomes available.

As for the possibility of hiring a new offensive coordinator, that's still up in the air, Robbins said.

"There's not a lot of movement with coaches because of job uncertainty," he said. "We didn't hire Yeast until July last year so I wouldn't completely rule out the possibility of getting an offensive coordinator. I have no leads or anything like that. I'm kind of looking forward to it in a way."

Robbins is no stranger to calling offensive plays.

"At Adair with the exception of two seasons I coordinated everything," he said. "That was a burden to say the least. I couldn't do any coaching because I always had to call a play. When I started out here, I called the offense the first three years. Then we had Corey (Crume) for two years and Craig (Yeast) last year. I feel very comfortable doing it."

Robbins will continue to use a running back by committee system, something he's done since he arrived.

"I feel like we've got several kids: Buster (Hazelwood), Jordan (Bell), Jeremy Mattingly, Clayton Smith," Robbins said. "There's also Chris Gaither, a sophomore, who had a phenomenal winter. That's five names right there. Hopefully, Austin Turner will come along."

The coach thinks the committee system is a big reason for the team's success.

"It's hard for one kid to carry the ball more than 20 times a game," Robbins said. "With the offensive success we had, no back had more than 14 carries a game. It speaks to why our running backs were healthy. It's harder for a team to prepare for a team with multiple weapons."

Though some might think this will be a down year for the Knights, Robbins feels differently.

"Top to bottom, this is our strongest team physically," he said. "We don't have the outstanding two or three at the top but by far this is our strongest team in seven years. Our philosophy is we're not building for a year, we're building for a program. If it's not broke, don't fix it. It all comes down the weight room."

Robbins and the Knights begin practice, along with all other fall sports, on July 15.