It’s an open casting call at quarterback for the Logan High School football team.
As the Wildcats head into preseason practices in early August, Logan coach Gary Mullins has four or five potential candidates.
The three-week summer June practice period, which begins Monday, will also give Mullins and his staff some clues as to who could possibly be the No. 1 player under center when Logan is scheduled to open the 2013 season on Aug. 30 at county rival Man.
With at least three 7-on-7 passing scrimmages set for this month, Logan will be able to test its QBs in game simulated situations.
“It’s definitely the number one thing that we’re looking at in the three-week period,” Mullins said in a recent interview. “We have a lot of returning guys and have a lot of guys who have played a lot at every position except for quarterback. We have to find a guy that can step in and give us an opportunity to win games. But they also have to realize that they don’t have to make every play.”
Logan’s QB position was left vacant due to both of its top passers — Chris Marcum and Khaleel Reynolds — graduating in May.
Both Marcum and Reynolds saw ample time under center.
Marcum was more of a classic drop-back passer with some additional running skills. Last season, however, he was more mobile and was able to tuck it and run for several first downs on third-and-long. Marcum led Logan to a 7-3 season and had some nice games, including a 304-yard passing effort in the Wildcats’ 48-0 win at Lincoln County last season at Hamlin.
Reynolds stepped in for Marcum nicely when needed. In the 2011 season, Marcum went down with an injury and Reynolds ended up being Logan’s starter. Reynolds had the arm to chuck it deep when needed but was used more for his running ability. He was particularly good in Wildcat formations or designed quarterback run plays in the shotgun.
To replace the pair, Mullins said Ryan Miller, Brett Musick, Chase Burnette and Noah Corbett are currently vying for the job. Josh Rein, a rising senior wide receiver, might also be factored in at quarterback.
“We’re going to start off with four guys,” Mullins said. “We’ve got Ryan Miller, who will be a junior. We’ve also got Brett Musick, who is one of our wide receivers. He will be competing for the job, too. There’s also Chase Burnette, a sophomore and Noah Corbett, who is a freshman. We want on of those four guys to do it. If we can’t find a quarterback out of those four guys then we’ll turn to Josh Rein but we’d like to keep him at wide receiver.”
Mullins said he would prefer to leave Rein at wide receiver.
“He’s one of the best wide receivers around,” Mullins said. “He’s a great player and we’d like to keep him at wide receiver.”
Mullins said there is no clear cut favorite at this point.
“The great thing is that we feel that none of the four guys has a leg up. That’s going to make great competition,” he said. “It’s probably going to be a four-man battle for that position.”
The Wildcats will once again compete in a few 7-on-7 passing scrimmages. Logan is set to scrimmage Scott on June 13 in Madison. On June 18, Logan has a home 7-on-7 scrimmage. The Wildcats then head back to Scott for another 7-on-7 on June 20.
The 7-on-7s are always good practice for the quarterbacks, backs and receivers.
Logan is scheduled to have its preseason opener on Aug. 17 at home against Class A Tug Valley. Then on Aug. 23, Logan is set to hit the road to scrimmage against Ravenswood and Herbert Hoover at a site to be determined later.
The regular season opener is set for Aug. 30 at Man.
Logan has four new opponents on its 2013 schedule — Class AAA teams Point Pleasant, University, Greenbrier East and Nitro. Only one of those games is away when the Wildcats are set to play University High on Oct. 11 in Morgantown.
The four new opponents replace Johnson Central (Ky.), Winfield, Huntington and Hurricane on the schedule.
Logan will again play Man, Chapmanville, Scott, Shady Spring, Lincoln County and Mingo Central.
2013 Logan High School
Aug. 30: at Man, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 6: at Shady Spring, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 13: Lincoln County, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 20: Point Pleasant, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 27: at Chapmanville, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 4: Open date
Oct. 11: at University, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 18: Greenbrier East, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 25: at Mingo Central, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 1: Nitro, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 8: Scott, 7:30 p.m.