Last year’s team averaged 37.5 points per game (not including defensive or special teams touchdowns), the highest total since the 1942 state championship team averaged 49 ppg.
“You are going to see a few things that are different from last year,” said Orbin, refusing to speculate.
On his third stint and seventh year at Griffin since 2001, Orbin has many weapons to work with this season.
Griffin’s new offense begins with strong-armed quarterback Tyler Hamm. He was Griffin Daily News 2009 Player of the Year Marcus Waller’s backup the past two seasons.
As a sophomore, Hamm started one game and led the Bears to victory. Last year, in mop-up duty, he completed 23-of-54 passes for 375 yards and three touchdowns without an interception.
Hamm had off-season surgery on his throwing shoulder this year.
The staff gradually worked him back up to 100 throws per practice this summer, the culmination being a national passing camp in Hoover, Ala., at the end of last month where the Bears finished 20th out of 32 teams.
“He looked better and stronger this summer,” said Orbin. “He threw the ball better at camp.”
Hamm will have a quarterback’s dream: Four Division I receivers to throw to this season.
Wideout Nile Daniel (29-362, 5 TDs) is the leading returning receiver, while tight ends Ty Turner (9-185, 2 TDs) and Xzavier Dickson (10-191, 2 TDs) offer ample targets over the middle, and wideout Chandler Worthy (9-174, 1 TD) will help the Bears stretch the field deep opposite Daniel.
All four have already fielded Division I offers.
“I‘m very fortunate,” said Hamm. “I pretty much have four Division I receivers and two others who could go Division I.”
The others include Tony Mathis and Jahmad Clemons.
However, do not think the Bears are going to go out and get all pass happy just because of their abundance of receivers.
“One of our focuses is to be able to be able to pound the football inside,” said Orbin. “Our emphasis this camp (Friday and Saturday) is to get tough in the running game.”
Enter Griffin’s stable of running backs. Wontavious Washington (16-184, 1 TD) is Griffin’s leading returning scat back, while Artavious Parker (14-57, 2 TDs) is the team’s leading returning fullback.
Worthy (2-91, 1 TD) and Stefon Harper figure to also see time at halfback and fullback, respectively.
Orbin won’t even venture a guess at what percentage the team will be pass to run, saying: “Whatever it takes to win — that’s my idea of balanced.”