Farmersville is building its numbers on the football roster but boasts plenty of talent in the passing game.
Returning four key receivers from last season, the Farmers hope they can help the offense be explosive heading into 2023. With as many as six potential impact players, the team is excited for the talent and depth the team has at its disposal.
“That’s probably where are best numbers are right now,” head coach Zac Quinlan said. “We’ve got some young players that can make an impact this year and some returning players that can all step up and be the number one guy.”
Leading the way this season on the outside is Dauntae Pearson, who is replacing starting wide receiver, Colton Harbin. Pearson took some snaps on offense last season but is tasked with replacing the Farmers leading receiver last season.
Besides Pearson, Farmersville is working out Caden Norman and Jeralin Craddock for its other outside receiving role. Norman is also battling for the starting quarterback job, while Craddock will move all around the field at running back, slot and quarterback on certain plays. With those three leading the pack, the Farmers will have more length on the outside than in previous seasons.
“We’re going to have size this season for sure,” Quinlan said. “We’re always going to be quick and the slot guys are always players we want to get the ball to. Those are the smaller, high top-end speed. Depending on where Caden ends up this season we could have a lot of length on the field.”
Craddock totaled seven touchdowns last season in both the run and pass game, proving his impact whenever he touches the ball. The coaching staff has worked with him this summer to step into a leadership position heading into his senior season, and he figures to be a major part of the offensive attack in 2023.
“We’re going to move him around a lot like we did last year,” Quinlan said. “Jeralin has a lot of upside but can also do a lot of things that can cause some problems. We’re trying to move past that and he’s doing some good things to take steps in the right direction. His work ethic is not something we ever questioned. He’s done really well and is learning to do a little bit of everything for us.”
Beyond the main three, AJ Blake and Cuddie Fisher will be primarily slot receivers who can also bounce to the outside, while newcomers Tristyn Fleuren and Kaden Johnson also enter the fold and coach Quinlan expects them both to be impact players.
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