WINFIELD, W.Va. - Winfield heads into the 2013 high school football season with a lineup much more unpredictable than the Generals had a year ago, thanks to running back Colt Richardson and receiver Chris Turner.
"We have a lot of room to move people around and play with the lineup," Generals Coach Craig Snyder said. "We have multiple young running backs, many talented veteran receivers, and adding Richardson to that mix makes for a bit of a surprise."
Winfield looked to enter 2012 with a dynamic running duo of Richardson and fullback Seth Lewis. Richardson tore his right ACL before the season started, however, leaving Lewis to pick up the pieces and a bunch of extra carries.
Richardson's return gives Snyder the ability to be more diverse with the offense.
"Not only will Colt allow for diversity in plays, but he can be moved around himself," Snyder said. "He started as a safety and was only a potential running back. He can catch the ball well, but runs the ball just as good."
Although having Richardson back in the lineup will take pressure off senior quarterback Toby Show, it might also enable Turner to stand out more than he has in the past.
Turner returns for his senior season after having the third-best year among Class AAA underclassmen in receiving yards a year ago. He caught 48 passes for 656 yards in Winfield's 4-6 season.
"Chris Turner and Colt Richardson will not be the only people making big plays for our offense, but you can see the spotlight on Chris when he gets on the field," Snyder said. "He's a great player, a big guy (at 6-foot-3) and a tough match-up. But that is what could make for good plays."