Maria Carrillo Turns To New Leader On Offense

Posted By Press Democrat Staff Writer Michael Coit:

Passing, passing, running plays and more passing — repetition was the task for new Maria Carrillo quarterback Julian Gonzalez as prep football teams began formal practices Monday.

A strong, speedy player, Gonzalez is improving arm strength and accuracy as the junior takes over for Sam Atoe, the All-Empire player now at San Diego State.

“Every day my arm gets a little sore. But that’s good,” Gonzalez said.

 Leading the Pumas with both his legs and right arm, Gonzalez wants to help take Maria Carrillo back to the North Coast Section playoffs.

Gonzalez is putting in the effort to improve on offense after starting at cornerback as a sophomore. Among the Pumas players working out at summer camps, Gonzalez said going hard for two or three straight days helps players become mentally as well as physically stronger.

“”You just always have to be motivated,” he said.

For the Pumas to achieve a balance between running and throwing the football, Gonzalez must gain confidence in his throws and receivers. Gonzalez began Monday’s practice throwing sideline routes of ever longer distances. After handing off on sweep running plays for 15 minutes, Gonzalez worked with the first string offense throwing passes over the middle and down the sidelines.

“My goal is to be the offensive leader.” Gonzalez said.