COPPERAS COVE — Remington Weis is not afraid to admit it.
Following Copperas Cove’s annual intrasquad scrimmage Saturday, the offensive lineman was quick to point out he could have performed better. The good news, however, is his teammates were responsible for containing him.
“I’m not going to lie,” the senior said, “the defense whooped up on me a bunch of times, but we got them back. It’s fun because we are all friends. On the field, we go at each other, but in the locker room it changes. We are all here to support each other.”
Soon, there will no longer be comrades on the opposite side of the line of scrimmage, though, and Weis understands the offensive line must consistently execute at a high level for the Bulldawgs’ playmakers, especially senior quarterback Manny Harris, to excel.
Weis is certain the offensive line is getting better.
“We work with Manny a lot,” Weis said. “Every quarterback has a little different timing, and we are getting to the point with Manny and the receivers that it just clicks. It is hard to explain it. We just do it, but it is about timing, and when everybody does their job, we are pretty good.”
For the most part, the offensive line delivered during the scrimmage, allowing Harris to find multiple receivers for big plays, while opening holes for the team’s running backs to break free.
After finishing last season as Class 5A’s top offense, averaging 518.9 yards per game, Copperas Cove is looking to maintain the pace this year, but simply returning Harris, an all-state selection, at quarterback is not enough to repeat the feat.
Success will hinge on the play of the offensive line, according to Bulldawgs head coach Jack Welch.
“We’ve got the potential to have a
great offense,” he said. “We have a great quarterback, but what can he do if he doesn’t have good running backs and receivers and an offensive line that gives him time? I don’t care how good the quarterback is because it all works together, and it all starts with the offensive line.”
Although the unit still has room for improvement after losing a couple key players, including 6-foot-6, 290-pounder tackle J.P. Urquidez, who moved out of state, Harris feels comfortable behind his blockers.
“They’re going to be great,” Harris said. “They’re going to give me and the receivers a lot of time to make plays.”
Speaking from firsthand knowledge, linebacker Jaylen Waters, Copperas Cove’s leading returning tackler, can already tell the offensive line is heading in the right direction after lining up against them in Saturday morning’s scrimmage.
“They made better blocks today and worked better as a unit,” the senior said. “I can tell they are getting better.”
While a lot of responsibility is being placed on the offensive line this season, for Weis, his approach to the game is simple.
“All we have to do is block,” he said. “Then, the quarterbacks and receivers just do their jobs.”
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