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Hoover football full of hope in 2012 season

Football: After first full offseason under Policky, Tornadoes are ready for kickoff.

August 23, 2012|By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com
  • The Hoover High football team has high hopes for the 2012 season.
The Hoover High football team has high hopes for the 2012… (Cheryl A. Guerrero/Staff…)

NORTHEAST GLENDALE — Anticipation for the season is running high for the Hoover High football team, which kicks off the 2012 campaign at 7 p.m. Friday against host Blair at Muir High. But over the past offseason, the Tornadoes weren't in a hurry.

Coach Andrew Policky said the team took its time installing and perfecting its schemes, formations and plays this year – Policky's first full offseason at the helm. It was a luxury the team didn't have last spring and summer.

"It was just good to kind of go slow at the beginning and work on a lot of technique stuff and not worry so much about big picture stuff," said Policky, who was forced to cram a lot into an accelerated training camp last year after being hired at the onset of the summer. "We thought we didn't have to rush anything, we didn't have to install anything right away, just go slow and let's make sure we teach everything the way we want it taught and clear up all the little mistakes and things that hurt you throughout the year."

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The Tornadoes' opening night roster is on the smaller side at 28 deep, but includes 16 seniors, who will occupy a majority of the starting spots.

Policky said he liked the progress last year's team had made in the wing-T offense by the end of the season, but some of the key players from last year's offense are gone.

The offense will once again be a run-heavy attack, but whereas last season workhorse Luke Tabayoyong toted a lion's share of the carries, there will be more of a backfield by committee approach this year with seniors Justin Nam and Ryan Blanks leading the way.

"In this offense we use a lot of running backs, so it's kind of nice to not have to have a feature back," Policky said. "I think we'll be able to spread the wealth and keep teams guessing a little bit."

The Tornadoes will also break in a new quarterback with the graduation of last year's signal-caller Alex Rangel. Senior Brendon Kerr has impressed Policky with his game management skills and has won the starting job.

"In our offense there's a lot of technical stuff with the footwork and he's done a really good job with that and just understanding what we're trying to do," Policky said of Kerr. "We're not going to throw the ball a ton, so his job is to manage the offense and he's done a good job with that. He's a real smart kid and he's a good leader."

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