Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Tuscaloosa Christian's New Coach Has Easy Transition

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Tuscaloosa Christian's New Coach Has Easy Transition

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It's been a quick turnaround for first-year coach David Arsenault, who was named the head coach at Tuscaloosa Christian a week before fall practice started. But, fortunately for Arsenault, he's inherited a team he's familiar with, having been an assistant on the Warriors staff for the past three years.

"The arduous part of the transition hasn't been so much on the field but the behind the scenes organizational stuff," Arsenault said.

"Fortunately, Hunter Christian helped make the transition smooth by already having things in place."

The quicker the transition the better because Tuscaloosa Christian was the first West Alabama team to officially begin the 2013 season, opening play on Aug. 16 at King's Way Christian School in Douglasville, Ga.

Tuscaloosa Christian finished the 2012 season 6-4, advancing to the second round of the eight-man Christian Football Association playoffs. It returns only three starters, linebacker and fullback Gabe Foster, a 6-foot, 200 pound senior, 5-8, 200 pound junior linebacker and running back Boyd Banks, and 5-11, 177 pound senior receiver Calloway Newman.

One of its key losses to graduation was quarterback Jordan Potter. Arsenault says the Warriors have a couple of players and a new offensive plan of attack to counter that loss.

"There will be a couple of guys. It's not as much of a quarterbackcentric offense as it was last year," Arsenault said of the offense designed for a slow-paced control designed to keep the defense off the field. "It's a multiheaded offense. It has multi threats. Personnel wise, it doesn't put all the burden on one guy's shoulders."

Sophomore Hunter Sample is tabbed to quarterback that offense. "He's very athletic, skill wise. He has natural instincts."

Foster, Banks and Newman will also be key. "Gabe is such an athlete. As far as athletic talent and ability, he's the best on the team. …

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