August 29, 2013
Krum looks to continue steady growth By Randy Cummings For the Denton Record-Chronicle
Ever since Krum began its football program six years ago, the Bobcats have written their history step-by-step, checking off the first win, the first varsity win, the first district win, the first playoff game and the first batch of all-district players to wear Krum’s blue and white. Now another goal awaits the 2013 Bobcats: winning a district championship. It’s the next logical step for the Bobcats, who a year ago roared through a 9-2 season in their first year in a UIL district, placing second in the league with a 3-1 mark and advancing to the playoffs. “This is my seventh year that I’ve been together with all these guys that I started out with in pee-wee football,” said senior linebacker/receiver Brennan Ellis. “So I expect a lot this season. I expect more — winning district and going to Week 2 of the playoffs.” Added senior offensive lineman Hunter Howard: “We set the bar pretty high last year. I think we got everybody’s attention. But I knew from the players we had coming up that if we worked hard we could be better than last year.” Krum has six offensive and six defensive starters back from 2012, including key All-District 9-3A performers such as Ellis, Howard, Dane White (RB/CB) and Dylan Coffin (TE/LB). A total of four offensive starters and four defensive regulars earned all-district honors a year ago. Caz Wojciak, a three-year starter at quarterback, is no longer with the team, which will force Krum to adjust and rely on Ellis, Coffin and White at the skill positions and Howard up front to help the offense run smoothly. On defense, three returning linebackers who earned all-district honors last season in Ellis, Coffin and Morgan Sprayberry should anchor a unit that will make it tough on opposing offenses. “The team last year really set the bar high for us,” said Gary Robinson, who has built the program as Krum’s only head coach. “With the kids who played on that team last year and are coming back, they
KRUM: IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Denton Record-Chronicle/David Minton Krum enters the season aiming to win a district title, the next logical step in the growth of its program after a 9-2 finish last year. The Bobcats’ chances of reaching that goal will hinge on the performance of a host of veteran players, including, from left, wide receiver Brennan Ellis, tight end Dylan Coffin, linebacker Morgan Sprayberry and offensive lineman Hunter Howard.
know what to do now. They know what it’s going to take to stay there.” Staying among the 9-3A leaders and climbing that next rung on the ladder as district champs this season is the main challenge facing the Bobcats in 2013. Krum lost 20 seniors off last year’s squad and for the first time will be relying on bringing up newcomers from the junior varsity to fill in key spots. But Krum won the JV district title last year, so for most of the younger players the transition to a varsity schedule may not be that tough. “I think the players feel like they’ve got a lot more respect to earn and more things to prove — that last year wasn’t a one-time deal,” Robinson said. “I think
they’re going to come out extra hard and make sure that it wasn’t. I think we’ve mentally prepared them for that.” Howard, second-team all-district a year ago, has gained an inch in height and about 25 pounds from his listed measurements a year ago and is the cornerstone of a sizeable offensive line that could be pivotal to Krum’s offense this year. White is moving over from cornerback to start at running back. Ellis and sophomore Jacob Enis are expected to be Krum’s primary targets in the passing game. “It’s time for the seniors to step up and be leaders on this team,” said Robinson. “Luckily, on our team a lot of the seniors are all-district players and good athletes. It’s their responsibility to lead this team.”
KRUM Quick facts District: 9-3A 2012 record: 9-2 (3-1, District 9-3A) Coach: Gary Robinson (15-6 in two seasons at Krum) Returning starters: 7 on offense, 6 on defense Key players: WR Brennan Ellis, RB Dane White, TE Dylan Coffin, OL Hunter Howard, LB Morgan Sprayberry, DL Ely Sanchez, WR Jacob Enis Offense: Multiple Defense: 3-4 School enrollment: 460 Stadium: Bobcat Stadium
Football 2013 is the Denton Record-Chronicle's look at the upcoming football season for the University of North Texas Mean Green and Denton...