At his two previous coaching jobs in Maryland, Scott Chadwick's quarterbacks each became his school's all-time passing leader.
Jay Scruggs at Bowie High and Aaron Smith at Lackey High also led their teams to state championship games.
"And Nick is better than both of those guys," said Chadwick, the first-year coach at Greenbrier High, referring to junior quarterback Nick Richards.
"We expect big things out of him, and he expects big things out of himself."
Richards, 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, will be the focal point of Greenbrier's more spread out offense this season and said he's ready to continue Chadwick's success with quarterbacks.
"It excites me, gives me something to look forward to, a little motivation," Richards said. "He obviously knows what he's doing with quarterbacks, so I'm going to do everything he says, just try to pay attention."
It isn't as if Chadwick expects Richards to lead the Wolfpack to the Class AAAA state title this season. But Chadwick said Richards will have a lot in his hands.
"It certainly makes running the offense a lot better when you have the ability to throw the ball. You have to have that to balance things out," Chadwick said. "To win at the highest levels, you have to be able to throw it, and that will be a big strength of ours."
Coming off a 4-6 season and without a playoff appearance since 2003, Greenbrier won't be any kind of favorite in a difficult Region 3-AAAA.
But with Chadwick - a coach who already has turned losing programs into state championship contenders - and his balanced offense, the Wolfpack have reason to be optimistic about the future.
"Definitely, with this style of offense, I'm really looking forward to it, and the wide receivers are getting excited that we're going to open it up a little bit more," Richards said. "It's a big opportunity to hopefully do great things to make the team better and live up to what (Chadwick) has done before this."
Speedy running back Freddie Jones will join tight end Dylan Turner and receivers Tyrone Bonds and Salonick Adams. Anthony Williams, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound senior basketball player on the football team for the first time, provides another option.
"We're going to play to the strengths of our kids," Chadwick said. "Obviously, we feel really good about our quarterback and the people surrounding him.
"But I'm not a miracle worker. It does take time."
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