Craig Hinson’s role and position have changed, but his expectations haven’t.
The Laney High School senior moved from tight end to right tackle, where he should be ready to open up larger lanes for the running backs.
“At right tackle, you’re asked to be more aggressive with your pass block and run block,” Hinson said. “As a tight end, you’re helping out the right tackle most of the time. The pressure isn’t on you all that much.”
One year ago, Laney won 10 games in a season for the first time since 2004. The Wildcats also reached the state quarterfinals, losing a close game to Lovett, which went on to win the Class AA state championship.
Hinson said his Wildcats have to work hard and make sure Laney doesn’t assume anything just because it won all those games in 2013.
The daily tough practices and his conditioning should help with that as Laney looks to have another postseason run.
“In the game, the fourth quarter, you’re tired and you want to just say, ‘Hey, I’m ready to sit down,’ ” he said. “In your head you’re like, ‘You remember practice. They didn’t let you quit during practice. You have to go hard all game.’ ”