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  • Spring Football: Reed likes Dickson in new system

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  • A good way to end the spring for Dickson coach Jeremy Reed: Progress in a new system.
    Reed, entering his third season as Comets coach, saw plenty on Friday as his team wrapped up spring with an intrasquad scrimmage. It concluded a two-week stretch that was the Comets' introduction to the flexbone offense.
    Dickson is going to a true under-center version of the flex, similar to what Navy and Army run at the Division I level. The Comets started putting the system into action this spring, but Reed said they've known they were making the transition since Christmas.
    The coaching staff has been working with the players on the offense from a mental standpoint all winter. Reed thinks it'll only help come fall.
    "Without a doubt," Reed said. "I think it fits Dickson. It's nothing I knew one thing about and our kids have fell in love with it.
    "The triple option doesn't come easy, but I'm enjoying it. It gives us a great chance offensively."
    The scrimmage Friday spanned two 15-minute quarters with a running clock, with Dickson's Blue squad outscoring the Black two touchdowns to one.
    "Mainly, we wanted to see them compete," Reed said. "We wanted to see what happens when it was more evenly spread; see what the base was of what they knew."
    With the switch on offense, Reed said that many players are getting a taste of positions they never have before. Three constants will come in FB/DE Shawn McClellan, RB/DB Chanler Towler and OL/DL Collin Potter.
    The rising senior trio may be moving around some position-wise, but are entering their fourth year as starters. Dickson returns six starters on defense and four on offense.
    "He took a big leadership role throughout the offseason," Reed said of McClellan. "He'll be a real important part of what we're doing on both sides of the ball."
    With the offensive change, the Comets also head into the offseason with competition at quarterback between rising junior Chris Bamburg and rising sophomore Mico Blancett. Each player ran an offense on Friday.
    "There's a good little competition right there," Reed said. "We have two kids that are doing a good job."
    Dickson goes to team camp Tuesday-Friday at Mustang, then starts Summer Pride on June 9. The Comets will also have high school camp July 8-11.
    "For day 10 of spring I thought it was really good," Reed said of Friday's scrimmage. "We moved the football well. We saw some good things and saw things we'll continue to work on as fall gets here."
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