(Shreveport, LA) Matt Norton's father never intended for his son to play quarterback.
"He sustained an injury playing high school football to his back that bothers him to this day," Norton said. "So he always tried to steer me away from football."
His father almost got his wish, until Matt's sophomore year, when his arm was discovered by accident.
"Just throwing in practice, my friends and teammates were like, dude, you've got a pretty good arm, you should try out for quarterback."
Three years later, he's entering his third season as the starting quarterback for Loyola. Running the offense as efficiently as he ever has.
"I've taken it to a whole other level. I've been watching a lot of film from teams from last year. I really have a better understanding of what's going on, on offense and defense.
With six returners on offense, coach Steven Geter andhis staff have more time to think about defense. The Flyers lost defensive coordinator Jerry Byrd to North Caddo, but Dillon Jackson's stepped in and stabilized the defensive front.
"It's been a smooth transition," Geter said. "We told him in the middle of summer that change was probably going to happen. He hit the ground running, has been prepared everyday,and the kids are excited and responding to what he has and I think it's going to be great."