Hebron enters the 2017 season abundant with talent and as quarterback Clayton Tune says, the Hawks won’t be able to sneak up on anybody.
Hebron will once again be tasked with navigating a daunting regular season slate after finishing 2016 with an 8-4 record, but the expectations remain the same.
“To win, really,” Tune told TexasHSFootball. “We’re not going to be able to sneak up on anybody because we have all this talent and all these receivers and linemen. Even though we’re not the underdogs, we still need to go out with the mentality of the underdog and go out and fight every game.”
The talent Tune was referring to can be found virtually everywhere you look on Hebron’s roster. As far as the senior quarterback is concerned, though, the talent he’ll be able to rely upon on at wide receiver is an especially welcoming security blanket.
“It’s good to know that on third down, no matter how the defense is playing, I can throw it up or throw a comeback to Jaren (Mitchell) or throw a go to Trejan (Bridges) and know that they’ll give me a really good chance to complete it,” Tune said. “It’s good to have that safety blanket.”
A three-star Kansas commit, Tune enjoyed the luxury of the Division I talent at wide receiver en route to 2,445 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior. His senior season should provide much of the same firepower, if not more, and in addition to already being adept at slinging the ball around to premier pass-catcher, Tune sees playing at the 6A level in Texas as an aid in the transition he’ll soon be making to the Big 12.
“I think it’s good to get the big game experience and I know it’s high school, but it’s Texas,” Tune said. “Even though it still is high school, it’s a big atmosphere and I think that will help correlate to the college level.”
When the time comes for Tune to suit up as a Jayhawk, he’s confident that he’ll be able to, at the least, come in and compete for reps and push those around him to improve. Whether he actually sees the field as a true freshman in 2018 remains to be seen, but considering what he hopes to bring to Lawrence, it shouldn’t take long for Tune to become a welcomed addition to the culture change David Beaty is looking to implement.
“I don’t like to lose at all,” Tune said. “My main motive is just winning at all costs. I’m a good passer; accurate and I help people win and get them fired up. I feel like I’m just a spark plug out on the field.”
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