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Chandler Garrett is entering his first full season as Mustang's quarterback. (Staff Photo by Shelly Holinsworth)
 

By Trey Hunter
Mustang Times
Staff Writer


Mustang quarterback, Chandler Garrett’s expectations are limitless.

The junior has visited schools across the Big 12, including Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and Kansas State, yet his attitude and focus is unwavering. He may be setting up his future, but in the meantime, his lone goal is guiding the Mustang Broncos to a state championship.

“It’s something I’ve dreamed of,” Garrett said. “This year is going to be special. After we lost to Broken Arrow last year, I told the underclassmen that our season started from that point forward. Guys have been working their butts off and we’ve come into the summer with a lot of confidence. There’s definitely excitement for this year.”

Although Garrett will be entering his junior year and his first full season at the helm of Mustang’s offense, his demeanor is that of a four-year starter for a Division I powerhouse. He’s able to set aside personal goals in place of Mustang’s team challenges for the upcoming year, praising teammates’ commitment and hard work in the offseason.

“We’re going to be really good at our skill positions,” Garrett said. “David (Parker) is a great athlete and we’ve gone on some visits together. Blake (Williams) is another guy who can go up and catch it.

Our offensive line has worked their butts off too. We’re coming in with five new starters and at first we thought it might be a weakness on our team. But now we think it’s actually going to be a strong point. I’ll definitely be taking the line guys out for dinner during the season because they’ll be keeping me alive back there.”

Garrett praises his coaching staff as much as his teammates. Second year head coach, Jeremy Dombek is a former Division I quarterback, which has helped build a bond between signal caller and coach.

“We have a great group of coaches,” Garrett said. “Last year was crazy because it was coach Dombek’s first year, but this year has gone much smoother. We don’t even have to wear tape on our helmets with our names.

It helps that coach was a quarterback. If there’s something I’m not doing right he knows how to tell me to correct it. He definitely picks up on things like that.”

So with all these expectations and so much praise for teammates and coaches, how does a Division I quarterback prospect find the time to balance the load of visiting college coaches and working with his high school team?

“My parents help me keep my head on straight with that stuff,” Garrett said. “My focus is high school right now. Whatever God has in store for me in the future will just be a blessing. Right now, I just want to win that ring.”


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