When the high school football season kicks off in a month Science Hill will have a new quarterback under center.
Junior Malik McGue is taking over for the recently graduated Reed Hayes.
McGue played last season as a wide receiver and was a threat every time he touched the football. This season he'll have the chance to run or pass in head coach Stacy Carter's offense.
"Coach Carter is a great offensive coach," McGue told News 5 WCYB.
"He likes to mix it up with the run and pass and runs a lot of trick plays. With the talent we have here, with a lot of speed, we can keep the defense guessing."
The Toppers are trying to improve on a 9-1 season. They were unbeaten until losing the final game to Dobyns-Bennett and were eliminated a week later in the first round of the playoffs.
"I feel like we are very talented but we are very inexperienced," Carter told News 5 WCYB.
"I know we need some on-field experience. We can practice all we want but we have to get out there and get some games under our belt to be really good."
Science Hill opens up August 30 by hosting Elizabethton.