Spring practice is the perfect time for junior varsity and freshman players to show they can play with the varsity.
It is also a great time to compete for starting roles, especially roles left vacated by seniors.
While several starters return on both sides of the ball for the Waxahachie Indians in 2011 the tight end position is wide open.
Chip Lorfing and Tanner Brady manned the position last season for the Indians and will be missed while Cannan Mullinax was moved down on the line.
Competing for the position this season are Austin Davidson, Michael Foster and B.J. Sargent with Davidson making the biggest jump in spring drills.
“Overall, we have had a couple of players step up so far.
Austin Davidson has stepped up his game a little bit. We anticipated him being a good player but he has really started to shine on both sides of the ball and is doing a good job,” Waxahachie head coach David Ream said.
In a little over a week’s worth of practice Davidson has jumped up on the depth chart and if the season was to start tomorrow he would be the starting tight end for the Indians as a junior.
“It is unexpected to be noticed so quick by coach but it is an honor. I am just going to keep on working hard,” Davidson said. “Practice has been going good. Everyone is working hard. It is exactly what I thought it would be. It is only how you want it to be. If you push yourself then it turns out better. The more you push yourself the difficulty of practice depends on how you look at it.”
With his desire to get better on the field and dedication in the weight room Davidson is making the most out of the fight for tight end.
“He and Michael Foster are the two tight end projects right now. Michael has not been with us a lot this offseason because he misses athletics every other day for academics. He has some ability but right now Austin has kind of passed him up,” Ream said.