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Grayson coach likes his QB depth

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Grayson's football team will have its third quarterback in as many seasons, making it one of the unknowns going into Saturday's season opener at the Corky Kell Classic.

The Rams answered one question this past Saturday in a preseason game vs. North Gwinnett, using six running backs to rush for 250 yards as an indication of how they plan to replace Ean Pemberton's production.

Saturday's scrimmage also may have shown that Grayson's quarterback job will be in good hands with junior Nick Schuessler and senior Camen Marshall, who each bring different strengths to the position vacated by the graduated Patrick Santry.

"I'm excited about Nick (Schuessler) and Camen (Marshall) and what they can do," Grayson head football coach Mickey Conn said "They both did a great job moving the football (in Saturday's scrimmage). I'm really excited about them.

"They're both very intelligent and both can run the offense very well and very efficiently. It enables us to do different things to defenses. And make them prepare, during the week, for two different styles of play."

Schuessler started the scrimmage at quarterback for the Rams and looked to be in control of the offense, completing 5 of 8 passes for 78 yards and rushing for another 24 yards. His highlight of the day was a 35-yard strike to senior Garrett Horne down the right sideline.

"Schuessler can really throw the football and he can run effectively, too," Conn said.

Late in the fourth quarter, Marshall entered the game at quarterback and sparked the Grayson offense, scoring the Rams' only touchdown on a 70-yard quarterback keeper to cut North Gwinnett's lead to 20-15.

"Camen (Marshall) brings a little bit faster tempo with his footwork," Conn said. "He has great feet and great awareness. It's like having a running back at quarterback."

In addition to Grayson's traditional wing-T formation, the Rams also featured some shotgun sets in Saturday's scrimmage. Although, traditionally thought of as a passing formation, Grayson continued with its powerful running game out of the formation, in addition to some timely passing plays.

"I think we'll play to our strengths and what the kids can do best," Conn said. "We have some good stuff out of the shotgun that we can do. I like the work they did out of the shotgun in the scrimmage. And it enables our quarterbacks to see the field and read things easier."

After a week of looking at film and working on some things at practice, Grayson opens its regular season this Saturday in the Georgia Dome against Kell. While excited by the play of his quarterbacks in Saturday's scrimmage, Conn expects to see improvement this week.

"I think they will play with more confidence in themselves this week, simply because they've gotten in there and done it now," Conn said. "I don't think that either one of them were satisfied with their performance. I think that they're probably happy with some of the things they did, but you're never happy you lost the game. And they, honestly, put that on their shoulders. They put a lot of pressure on themselves, even in a scrimmage like that, to win."