|Dallas Crittenden; 5'10''; 175 lbs|
Hayden arrives after leading the Wildcats to a 10-2 record and a trip to the Sub-State round of the Class 4A-DI playoffs where the team fell to Andover Central 28-2. While leading a triple option attack, Crittenden still managed to throw for over 1,300 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior. If you want to take a look at him first hand, his highlight video can be found here.
When looking at his highlight reel, there are a few notable traits that were consistent over last season. To start with a bright spot, Crittenden was incredibly efficient at throwing on the run. He seemed more comfortable throwing out of the pocket and creating space with his legs. This allowed him to dump off passes on the perimeter and his ability to stay accurate on the run should help him plenty in replacing Torneden's running ability.
|Dallas Crittenden (pictured) will enter summer camps as the|
favorite to win the starting QB job. Photo by CJ Online
Another flag is Crittenden's 5'10" stature, a good amount shorter than what is considered the typical quarterback. However, he isn't the first first and isn't even close to the shortest starting QB in league history. Just four seasons ago in 2012, Olathe QB Dontez Sanchez stood at around 5'6" when he filled in at QB after Cole Murphy was knocked out for the season.
Even after being thrust into that role, Sanchez managed a 50% completion rate with 697 yards and six touchdowns. Those numbers came on just 81 attempts through 10 games, so don't be misled. Given the fact that Crittenden has starting experience and a summer to focus on learning the new playbook, he will start the season in a far better situation than what was handed to Sanchez four years ago. Coming off back-to-back Sub-State berths, he'll enter with a superior supporting cast as well.