The North Oconee High School football team has several questions on the offensive side of the ball heading into the 2019 season.
The Titans will only be returning three offensive starters this year, allowing for position battles across the board. However, the spot of quarterback has already been claimed.
“Bubba Chandler, he’ll be the starting quarterback,” Titan’s head coach Tyler Aurandt said. “I think he’s set up to have a really good year. Because he’s extremely talented, he has a strong arm, [and] he’s very mobile and athletic.”
Chandler will be one of many newcomers that will be expected to contribute offensively for the Titans this season. Despite the relative lack of experience on the offensive side of the ball, Aurandt said that the potential is there, the players just need time to mesh together.
“I think we’ve got all the pieces to be really successful on offense,” he said. “It’s just going to take longer to gel because they haven’t played together as much.”
During the 2018 season the Titans featured a physical, run-heavy offense that helped the team control games. The Titans will still be looking to play physically and run effectively this season, but Aurandt said that the team may change offensive schemes based on the strengths of their players.
Chandler is also a prolific baseball player, and was a key contributor on the North Oconee team that made a deep run in the 2019 state playoffs. He is currently committed to play baseball at the University of Georgia.
While his baseball playing sometimes leads to him not being able to perform certain throwing activities, Aurandt praised the fact that Chandler had never missed a football practice or workout in spite of a rigorous travel baseball schedule. He also stated that the high-stakes games he played in the state baseball playoffs would help translate to success on the football field.
Just as with the other new players on offense, Aurandt said that he expected big things from Chandler after he stepped over a gradual learning curve.
“Just the experience piece of him being back there and taking snap after snap after snap, after three or four ball games the sky is going to be the limit for him once he gets comfortable,” Aurandt said.