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Trinity football's Caddow ready for a big role

Posted: August 20, 2014 10:38 p.m.
Updated: August 20, 2014 10:38 p.m.

Trinity Classical Academy's Ian Caddow, right, runs drills with Ryan DeMarois during practice at Bridgeport Park in Valencia on Wednesday. Caddow will be asked to contribute heavily on both sides of the ball this year. Dan Watson/The Signal

 

Ian Caddow wasn’t sure he was going to play football this season.

The junior wanted to focus on basketball where he averaged 10.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game for the CIF-Southern Section Division VI champion Knights last year.

But after mulling it over for a while, he decided to put on the pads again.

“I thought about it and realized that it would be good for the team, good for the school and good for me to maybe take a break from basketball,” Caddow said. “I’m still practicing basketball a little, but right now it’s all about football. It keeps me in pretty good shape as well.”

As a sophomore linebacker last season, Caddow was the team’s second-leading tackler with 116 of them. He also had 2.5 sacks, three interceptions and forced two fumbles as the Knights won the CIF-SS 8-man Division II championship.

Now the Knights are asking him to bring that playmaking ability and athleticism to the offensive side of the ball.

Caddow will be lining up as a tight end in new head coach Les Robinson’s spread offense.

“One of my main priorities right now is to find a way to work (Caddow) in on offense,” said Robinson. “We want to get the ball in his hands and get him in places where he can help us score points. He’s got quite a body, he learns fast and is very coachable.”

Caddow only had one catch for 20 yards last season so it’s safe to say those numbers will increase significantly this year.

So far the hardest part for Caddow has been learning the offensive calls, formations and routes.

“It’s a lot and I’m still learning but I’m getting there. By the first game I’ll be ready,” he said. “I’d rather hit than be hit but I want to help the team as much as I can.”

Another thing Caddow will have to get used to is not coming off the field much, if ever.

“I’m still trying to comprehend that I have to go both ways because I was tired last year just playing defense,” he said. “Now having to give 100 percent on both sides of the ball, I’m excited for the challenge but it’s going to be a lot.”

One thing that should make Caddow’s transition to the offense a little easier is Robinson’s offensive philosophy.

“We’re trying to play basketball on the grass,” Robinson said. “We watch the defense and let them tell us what to do. We’ll take whatever they give us.”

That’s something that Caddow can relate with easily.

“There’s a lot of read and react with the offense so that helps,” he said. “I’m just excited. Last season I kind of surprised some people on defense and hopefully I can surprise them this year on offense.”

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