Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

August 20, 2013

Honaker's Dye has huge shoes to fill

By ANTHONY STEVENS
for the Daily Telegraph

HONAKER, Va. — It shouldn't be very hard to replace Honaker quarterback Ty Hall.

That's sarcasm, of course.

All Hall did his senior season was throw for 2,055 yards and 27 touchdown passes. He also was third in rushing for the Tigers, with 483 yards on the ground, including nine more scores.

For good measure, Hall threw for four two-point conversions and rushed for two others, while helping lead Honaker to the 2012 state championship game.

Enter 6-foot, 157-pound Casey Dye. In his junior season, Dye is the favorite to step into the role of quarterback for the Tigers. If Hall isn't enough, other standouts that have been under center for Honaker include Heath Miller, Tyler Ball, and Andrew Bostic.

 Is Dye feeling any pressure?

"I really try not to think about it," commented Dye. "I'm just going to try to do my own thing. Ty will be impossible to replace. I just want to

try to get everyone where they need to be and hopefully we can get it done."

Dye played mostly in the tailback rotation for Honaker last season. He did fill in briefly for Hall at quarterback in the playoffs, when Hall was injured in the playoffs against J.I. Burton.

"Casey just has to realize he's not Heath Miller, he's not Ty Hall, or anyone else," Honaker coach Doug Hubbard said. "He's Casey Dye and we're going to gear the offense for him to be successful.

"He just needs to play to his athletic ability and not to someone else's. He just needs to stay within the framework of what we do and just use his ability. If he does those two things, I think he will be very successful."

Dye is similar in a lot of ways to Hall. Explosive speed and a good arm. He has all the tools to be a very successful quarterback. He should be capable of moving the team with his legs or his arm.

A big key to his success will likely be the offensive line. Only Chandler Miller and Peyton Stevens return up front. The rest of the Tiger line will have to be rebuilt. He does have a couple of outstanding targets to throw to. Randy Horton returns at wide receiver and tight end Casey Harmon is also back.

"I'm real confident with Randy and Casey, along with Shey Bunn," stated Dye. "They get where they need to be and are very good at finding the open spots in the field. Our timing is getting better each practice.

"I've been very pleased with the line. We have plenty to choose from and several can step in there at any time."

Needless to say none of the 13 wins accumulated last year count this season. But 2013 has the potential to be another big one for Honaker and their new quarterback.

"Casey continues to get better and smoother at the quarterback spot," Hubbard said. "There is a lot of difference when you are a backup to Ty Hall as opposed to being the man. Casey is being pushed by hard Jordan Smith who is also working really hard at quarterback.

"If Casey plays within himself and tries not to worry about what anyone else has done at the position in the past, he'll be okay. He's a heck of an athlete."