PREP FOOTBALL: Blair learning on the fly
FORT WHITE — Two weeks into training camp and one thing is pretty clear — Dylan Blair has command of Fort White’s offense.
Blair, who transferred from Columbia in the summer, has developed chemistry with his receivers thanks to a long summer of conditioning. The senior quarterback made 27 of the 30 sessions during the summer and that relationship was evident during Thursday’s practice as he hooked up with Rahman Paul, Brayden Summers and others for touchdown passes.
But Blair remains humble as next Friday’s preseason classic aginst Trenton nears. Learning the an entire new playbook on the fly hasn’t exactly been easy, but his attentiveness to detail has been the key during the process.
“Learning plays you just have to listen. If you’re not listening then you’re not going to know any of the plays,” Blair said. “Once you get to know them you’ve just got to run with them and trust the process.”
“I’ve pretty much learned everything but I still have a couple of hiccups every now and then,” Blair said.
Blair has had to switch from run-pass option offense at Columbia to a more traditional setup at Fort White. He’s gone from the shotgun to under center, a completely new dynamic for the signal caller.
But Fort White head coach Demetric Jackson says it didn’t take long for Blair to pick everything up, although he still has some mixups with terminology from time to time.
“He’s picking it up pretty good,” Jackson said. “There are some things I’m throwing at him that he’s not used to a whole lot. There’s a lot of stuff under center. That wasn’t his forte and that’s something he’s never done. And our offense is a little more complicated than what he’s used to. He had a lot of zone reads (at Columbia). He came out here and said ‘coach, we had four running plays.’ Well, we have 10 running plays in every formation. But he’s understanding that and he’s picking up the concepts. He’s a smart guy. He knows what we’re doing, there’s just little things.”
Blair echoed his head coach after Thursday’s practice. He knows he still has room improvement but he believes Fort White is primed for a big season.
Blair’s extra time with his receivers this summer has helped develop a bond that he hopes propels the Indians to new heights in 2018.
“I’ve gotten good chemistry with all of my receivers but Rahman Paul is pretty good. Me and him probably have the best chemistry so far.”
“Our chemistry is getting better and I think we’ve got a good chance (this year).”