When it comes to throwing the ball, Logan High School football coach Gary Mullins might be a bit biased.
At former quarterback himself at Logan in the 1990s, Mullins loves to sling it around and diversify the offense.
When he was named as the Wildcats’ head coach in 2004, Mullins did just that and helped Logan football achieve balance.
After years of having a primarily run-oriented offense, Mullins shook things up.
No longer would Logan run to open up the pass.
The Wildcats instead mixed it up, sometimes even looking to pass to open up the ground game.
Logan has had some good quarterbacks in the Mullins era from Justin Taylor to David Brown and then to Chris Marcum and others to now Ryan Miller, who is getting a shot as Logan’s starting QB after splitting time under center last season.
Since Logan opened up the offense over the last decade several good wide receivers have donned the Blue and Gold.
Back in 2010 as Logan ran out of the spread with Brown at QB, the Wildcats had Deyonta Coleman, a first-time varsity football player. Coleman, a standout with the Logan basketball team, ended up with more than 1,000 receiving yards in Logan’s four-wide offense.
Plenty of other good receivers have come and gone.
Last year, Logan’s top target was Josh Rein, a senior, who ended up with 38 grabs for 603 yards and seven touchdowns.
Miller, completed 39-of-81 passes for 751 yards and eight TDs last fall as he split time under center with two others.
Miller looks like he will have plenty of targets to pass to.
Bolstered by a group of football newcomers, Logan looks deep at wide receiver.
It’s looking more and more like one of the strengths of the 2014 team.
“This is one of the most skilled teams that we’ve had,” Coach Mullins said. “That’s saying a lot because we’ve had some really skilled players. We are about 10 to 12 deep at wide receiver. Of course, we’re experienced at quarterback with Ryan Miller, who started there last year and played some the year before.”
Logan has newcomers Brenton Vance and Zac Acord, a pair of LHS basketball players, out for the first time. Vance also plays baseball at Logan.
“Brenton is so fast,” Mullins said. “He might be the fastest player that I’ve coached. Man, he can really move. Zac Acord has also come out for football. He has great hands and runs great routes and can do everything. He will be a big-time returner for us, too.”
Cameron Sammons, another multi-sport standout at Logan, will also be counted on at wide receiver.
“Cameron Sammons has came back out for football,” Mullins said. “He played some baseball last year.”
Chester Bradsher, a returning wide receiver, is back. He had only one catch last season but expects to see the ball come his way at lot more this fall.
“Chester has done the right thing. He has sit on the bench, cheered the team on and has lifted weights and is a great team player,” Mullins said. “But now that it matters he’s ready to go as a senior and it’s time to get his turn.”
Jeremiah Spears, who had two catches last year for 36 yards — both going for touchdowns — is also back. He will be splitting time at tight end and also at wideout.
Tyler Browning, a sophomore, is also returning as one of Logan’s wide receivers.
“He broke his collar bone last year at the beginning of the season and was out the whole year,” Mullins said. “But he came back and was able to play in the playoff game.”
Two other new players — Colton Tomblin, a senior, and Jamall Minter — are also out for football.
“Colton is out for football for the first time and Minter comes over from the basketball team,” Mullins said. “Minter has really picked it up fast. He’s a great kid.”
Still yet another newcomer, Elijah Coleman, gives Logan another WR option.
“He’s a kid that not a whole lot of people know about,” Mullins said. “He played mostly JV ball last year but in practice, he keeps getting better and better.”
Running backs Matthew Cox, Devonte Tolliver and Daniel Browning may also be deployed out wide, depending on Logan’s offensive scheme and formation.
What Logan’s receiving corp lacks in game experience and in statistics is being made up with skill and athleticism, Coach Mullins said.
“They definitely have a shot to be one the best,” Mullins said of his receiving corps as a whole. “They are definitely the deepest group. When we line up on the 29th, we will be able to play 12 to 15 wide receivers. That’s always a good thing to stay fresh.”
The Wildcats are scheduled to open the season Aug. 29 at home against county rival Man.