Thanks to an alteration in the offense, Luke Tabayoyong's workload will increase.
That's exactly what Tabayoyong wanted and it instantly shifted him in motion to prepare for the grind of the 10-week regular season with the potential of running the ball around 20 times per game. Hand the ball off to Tabayoyong and he'll be ready to break a tackle and pile up yardage for a Hoover High football team thirsty for a winning season.
Some changes have occurred since the tailback and Tornadoes completed last season. Hoover used a pass-first, spread offense last season under Coach Chris Long, who resigned in May and was replaced by Andrew Policky. Policky, who was Hoover's defensive coordinator the past three seasons under Long, has opted to go a different direction with the Tornadoes, planning to keep the ball on the ground.
Tabayoyong isn't about to take the running chores lightly.
"I know what I have to do, and I'm kind of scared and excited all at the same time," said Tabayoyong, a senior. "My favorite thing to do is pound the ball.