McElroy pleased with Elks efforts in spring
Burleson football coach Gary McElroy and his staff entered spring drills with “areas of interest everywhere.”
Three of those areas were pretty secure with quarterback Hayden Whitten, receiver Jaylen Johnson and running back Devin Stevenson returning.
“We came into spring needing to develop offensive linemen, some defensive ends,” McElroy said. “So far we have been really pleased with both areas.”
Another concern was revamping the Elks’ secondary.
The Elks will cap spring workouts at 7 p.m. today with their annual spring game. The freshmen will play at 6 p.m. with the varsity to follow.
This year, McElroy has decided to split the teams.
McElroy had toyed with the idea of letting Whitten and Johnson draft the squads but he decided to split the teams as evenly as possible himself.
The offensive line looks good thanks to the play of Matt Collier, Dreon Harris, and Tyler Massengale.
Collier, the Elks’ sixth lineman last season, saw a lot of playing time last year and is playing well at right tackle while Harris is fitting in fine at left tackle. Massengale has solidified his spot at center.
“All five have done a great job,” McElroy said. “I’ve been pleased with them. We went into the spring thinking that we were going to have to approach things slowly and bring them along gingerly but they have picked up on things. they are smart kids who are strong and athletic.”
At defensive end, Ben Quirino, Jacob Hardie and Bailey Mullin have all stepped up and are playing well for the Elks.
Changes in the secondary have mostly involved moving players around because they have grown into a new role.
Starting cornerback Chance Showers has moved to safety while starting safety C.J. Williams had moved to cornerback. Issac Dagley, who started last season at safety, has taken over at outside linebacker and former running back Iver Macaulay has taken over a spot at safety.
“Basically, Dagley just outgrew being a safety,” McElroy said. “He put on some muscle this fall and looks more like a linebacker than a safety.”
McElroy is looking forward to seeing how his players play tonight although he has gotten a good look at them during Friday night scrimmages during the spring drills.