Those who believed 6-foot-5 Jesuit QB Tommy Eveld's prolific relief appearance in Friday's loss at Plant would earn him the starting job are in for some serious misdirection, courtesy of Tigers coach James Harrell.
Fellow senior Aaron Paulsen will remain the Tigers' starter for Friday's Class 5A, District 8 home game against Middleton.
The reason is simple, Harrell insists. The 5-foot-9 Paulsen is better suited athletically for the offense he's trying to establish -- a power running game that maximizes Jesuit's strong offensive line and sets up the play-action pass.
"After carefully reviewing the film, we did a lot of good things out of our spread formation, but I don't think the spread is our hang-our-hat-on thing here at Jesuit," Harrell said from his office Wednesday.
Paulsen, a wideout last season, accounted for 48 total yards Friday before the Tigers went almost exclusively to the spread -- and Eveld -- late in the third period after falling behind by a pair of touchdowns. On Paulsen's final drive, a 79-yard Kyle Statz run to the Plant 10 was negated by a fumble in the Tigers' backfield two plays later.
Eveld finished 15-for-24 for 165 yards and a TD -- to Paulsen -- with two interceptions. But the spread was employed out of necessity and isn't Jesuit's norm, Harrell said.
"If (people) want to look at Jesuit from now on, moving forward after this Plant game, it's going to be a physical football team that runs the ball or goes play-action pass and throws the ball occasionally," Harrell said.
"There will be some situations where we'll still use Tommy, but right now I'm sticking with Aaron. I'm just going to stay within this skill set here and try to keep some continuity in our football program. I think right now a change is not an opportune time. I think where we're headed is to get back to basics."