The Logan High School football team took to the air last season.
The “Air Mullins” offense kicked into high gear as the Wildcats put up big passing numbers with senior QB Ryan Miller.
But now that Miller has graduated, along with Logan’s three top receivers, the Wildcats could be more of a traditional 50-50 run/pass team this year.
A more balanced offense could be in the works for Logan, which is trying to bounce back from last year’s 2-8 season.
Logan certainly has the running backs to do it if Mullins decides to pound it out more on the ground.
At running back, Logan is solid with the tandem of senior starters Devonta Tolliver and Matt Cox. Tolliver is Logan’s leading returning rusher as he ran for 678 yards last season on 114 carries and six touchdowns. Cox had 46 carries for 238 yards and a TD last year.
Cox was also deployed as a wide receiver last year and finished with 25 catches for 442 yards and five more TDs.
Logan could look to unleash Tolliver and Cox this fall.
Both have the potential to have breakout seasons and could be the focus of Logan’s offensive scheme.
“Devonte is as good a back as I’ve had since I’ve been here,” Coach Mullins said. “He learned last year how to play football. Now, my goodness, look at him. I told my wife that I’m not sure how they are going to get him on the ground. When you watch him run by you he’s just a mountain of a man.”
Tolliver and Cox complement each other well.
Tolliver is more of a power back with speed, while Cox is more of a speed back with power.
“Devonte is very agile and strong and Cox is so fast,” Mullins said. “I think in Cox’s combines this summer he ran a 4.43 40-yard dash. That’s legit speed. He’s been a great player here for years. It seems like he’s been here about seven years.”
Sophomore Devin Hensley may also see time in the backfield. Tyler Browning, a junior tailback, who had a handful of carries last year, is also pressing for playing time at running back.
Freshman Trey Jude is another player in Logan’s deep backfield.
Just like last year and depending on the formation, Cox could also see time at wide receiver or in the slot.
“He’s very versatile,” Mullins said of Cox. “He can play about any position on offense. He’s explosive. There is not anybody that we play that will be any more explosive than he is.”
Logan opens the regular season Aug. 28 at Man.
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1730, by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).