Q&A with new DeSoto head coach Todd Peterman

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If you missed Thursday night’s High School Football America Radio Show interview with new DeSoto (Texas) head coach Todd Peterman, below are some excerpts from our chat.

After eight years as the Eagles’ offensive coordinator, Peterman takes over for Claude Mathis, who left the school for an assistant coaching job at SMU.

Peterman was the offensive guru who helped DeSoto become one of the most powerful offenses in America.

Q&A Todd Peterman

Question: How different will your team be versus Coach Mathis?

Peterman: We’re not looking to change a lot of things. Our offense is going to stay the same; our defense is going to stay the same; and our staff is going to stay the same.

Question: Who’s going to be calling the shots on offense?

Peterman: We’re going to promote our offensive line coach to offensive coordinator and I’m still going to be highly-involved with the offense. I’m still planning on coaching and calling the offense. We’ve called it collectively on Friday nights, me and the line coach, and we’re still going to have that relationship. It’s been good, so why change it? It’s just my time off the field is going to be a little different.

Question: You have depth at quarterback with Tristen Wallace back for his senior year and junior-to-be Jaylin Nelson having done a great job at QB when Wallace broke his ankle in 2014 — how do you approach having those two talented kids available to you?

Peterman: It’s great having two quarterbacks. We’re fired-up about both of them and they’re going to compete for the job. Nobody is given a job here because they’re a returning a starter. We’re going to put the kids out there that give us the best chance to win and quarterback is no different when it comes to that.

Question: Aside from quarterback, where is the strength of the 2015 team?

Peterman: A lot of people don’t realize that we started five sophomores last year.  We have a lot of talent coming back on both sides of the ball and these kids work real hard. It’s a really good job and we’re thankful to be here. These kids expect to work hard every day and they expect us to work them hard every day.  Once you get a program to that point, it’s easy to be a coach. I’m not coming in here to rebuild, we’re definitely reloading — it’s been like that since I’ve been here. This is a great place to be from academics to athletics.

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You can listen to my entire interview with Coach Peterman below:

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.