Aug. 12, 2014 JOHNSTON, SC-- They're one of the top programs in the area. Strom Thurmond's reputation and expectation is to play deep into November every season. A new coach and a new quarterback won't change the Rebels fall plans.
Strom Thurmond's camp has the same feel to it, just with different pieces in place.
New head coach Antwuan Hillary replaces longtime Rebels coach Lee Sawyer, adding some more fire to the Rebels practice regimen. Another exciting change picking up steam is the new quarterback. Tyree Stidem moves from receiver to the team's top leadership position. Stidem knows his shoulders carry some extra weight of expectation.
"It adds more of a leadership role. I mean I feel like I've always been a leader, but it's more of leading the team, keeping your poise and leading your boys," Stidem says.
"The players have seen him and how he goes about things. He does everything the right way. Tyree stepping into that role. It's going to be important to our success," coach Hillary said.
With Stidem at the helm, don't expect much of a variation in the Rebels offense. They're going to push the pace, no matter what. Strom has moved to AA-in the most recent reclassificatiion. However, Hillary added that the schedule hasn't done them any favors.