The Ellison quarterback competition lasted the entire spring and into 7-on-7 play this summer.
The start of fall practice didn’t bring an end either — that is until, suddenly, right before the Eagles’ scrimmage against Round Rock last Friday, it was over.
“They just told me as we arrived at Round Rock,” new starting quarterback Carl Robinson III said.
Four days later, there was no sign that a months-long competition had just ended, as Robinson took all of the first-team snaps and his former competitor, Jacob Ledford, zipped through wide receiver drills, screaming at the tackling dummy that dared get in his way in blocking drills and pumping up his new fellow wideouts.
You’d never know that Ledford, who started games at quarterback for Ellison last year, was playing receiver for the first time in his life.
“I love it,” Ledford said. “Anything Coach wants to try out is fine with me. It’s all fun to me. So, as long as I’m having fun we’re all good.”
Second-year Ellison head coach Trent Gregory said Ledford was on board with the position change from the very first mention and hasn’t bristled a bit.
For Gregory, the team-first attitude just adds to what Ledford already brings to the team.
“He’s a great kid,” Gregory said. “He’s an awesome player. We’ve got to get him on the field. And he will be on the field at inside slot receiver. He’s got great hands.”
“Now, he’s another asset to the team somebody else has to worry about,” Robinson added. “They can’t guard everybody, so either he’s going to be open or somebody else.”
As for Robinson, who had a touchdown pass in the Eagles’ scrimmage against Round Rock, Gregory was confident that his young signal caller is ready to lead the Ellison offense.
“For a young kid, he’s real mature,” Gregory said of the sophomore. “He’s got everything in perspective. He understands his reads. He’s able to extend plays when things are not there.”
So, for as long as the quarterback competition wore on, and as abruptly as it ended, Ellison hasn’t skipped a beat heading into its season opener against Eagle Pass on Saturday in Converse.
And with a new starting quarterback and a new weapon at wide receiver, the Eagles feel like they are ready to take on all comers.