Some high school football players might find making the switch from fullback to quarterback to be a difficult transition. But Bedford senior Aaron Henry is looking forward to the challenge, and Bisons coach Kevin Steele has complete confidence in Henry's ability to succeed in his new role.
"Absolutely, we don't have any doubt in our minds that Aaron can handle it," Steele said. "He's a great kid with an outstanding work ethic, and he's very intelligent as well. He fits into our offensive scheme well as far as mixing in some option plays and some play-action passing. We're looking forward to having him at quarterback as one of our senior leaders, and we're looking forward to him having a great season."
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Henry -- who will also be switching from a linebacker position on defense to somewhat of a strong safety spot this year -- thinks that the quarterback position will be right up his alley.
"We run the ball a lot anyway, so it's not going to be as much of a change," said Henry, who rushed for 358 yards on 75 carries -- a 4.8 average -- and four touchdowns last season. "I've got to show everybody that I'm going to lead by working hard all the time, and hopefully, my teammates will follow."
Steele said that Henry does a good job of leading by example.
"The other kids respect him for what he's done in the past, and for how hard he works in the weight room in the offseason," Steele said.
Steele believes that Henry -- who is also a veteran member of Bedford's varsity baseball team -- has a good head on his shoulders.
"I think his intelligence would be his best attribute," Steele said. "He understands the game, and he understands the schemes of what we're trying to do as a team out on the field. Hopefully, he'll be a step ahead of the opposing team as a result of game-planning and in expecting what the opposing team plans to do."
Bedford finished last season with a 6-4 record and lost to PIAA finalist Tyrone in the opening round of the District 5-6 Class AA playoffs. With veterans like Henry back in the fold, Steele said that the team's aspirations are higher this season.
"We wanted to be competing for the 5-6 AA championship at Mansion Park last year, and for whatever reason, it didn't happen," Steele said. "There was certainly a little bit of disappointment. We had a couple solid wins last year, but we lost a few close games. Hopefully, we can win those close games this year and compete for championships in both the Laurel Highlands Conference and the district."