The graduation losses of two-time Kennedy winner Ryan Switzer and two-time All-State linebacker/fullback Dustin Crouser will give Edwards and Tinsley plenty to do in the three-week out-of-season coaching period that began Monday.
Alexander will be at quarterback but needs to learn the GW offense, Edwards said. Austin Giacomo and Jacob Jackson appear to be GW's primary receivers and emerging defensive star Zach Malone will likely take Crouser's spot at fullback.
"We're doing a lot more teaching this spring than we did last year, and that can be a good thing," Edwards said. "It gets the kids into a competitive mode because nobody really knows their roles yet.
"A lot of times when you have that, kids will learn a system quicker because they know they have to push themselves harder."
Alexander completed 76-of-136 passes for 1,002 yards, seven touchdowns and eight interceptions with South Charleston last year. He left the team after the Black Eagles' 20-17 win over Capital on Sept. 21.
Freshman Kentre Grier replaced Alexander in the third quarter of that game to lead a comeback from a 17-0 deficit. Grier finished the season as the SC starter and completed 82-of-122 passes for 1,549 yards, 17 TDs and one interception.
Edwards said the best quality Alexander possesses might be his desire to improve.
"He wants it," Edwards said. "That's key. He wants to come in and get better. He wants to learn the system and be a better player."
George Washington opens the regular season on Thursday, Aug. 29 at home against South Charleston.
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