As Creekview looks to build off the best season in team history, there may be no more important player than Ethan Dirrim.
Dirrim, a member of the Cherokee Tribune Super Six, broke out last year at quarterback, but he could have an even bigger impact this season lining up all over the field.
“I’m definitely expecting myself to step up and keep our team on the same level it has been,” Dirrim said. “I think we can go against what everyone is saying. I think we’ll be pretty good. We lost a lot, but we have enough talent coming up to keep us going.”
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Dirrim had his fair share of success under center last year. He completed 51 of 102 passes for 666 yards and a team-high 11 touchdowns. He also second on the team with 844 rushing yards and seven touchdowns, while also catching 21 passes for 106 yards.
All three elements will be present in Dirrim's game again this season.
“I’m going to start at receiver,” he said. “I think I’ll play around 40 percent quarterback and 60 percent receiver, with a little bit of running back or tight end mixed in. You just have to learn the offense and defense. I just want to be on the field. To me, I think it’s going to be fun. You just have to be ready for it.”
Not only will Dirrim be involved in all aspects of the offense this season, but he will also be starting at safety, making his return to the defensive side for the first time since his freshman season.
While Dirrim may not have much experience at the position, he believes his time at quarterback has prepared him for the transition.
“I know what both sides are looking for," Dirrim said. "It hasn’t been that difficult. It’s just something else to add to my arsenal.”
One concern that comes with playing several different positions are the challenges of getting into a rhythm at any single spot. Dirrim said he learned last season not to worry about that, as he said he can get into a natural rhythm anywhere on the field.
“Being on the field gets me in a rhythm,” Dirrim said. “If one quarterback is hot, he’s going to get to play that game. That goes for any position. If you’re in there and feeling the flow of the game, I feel like I can step in and do whatever the team needs from me.”
While Dirrim does everything he can to help Creekview defend its Region 6AAAAAA title, he will also be paying attention to his college options for next year.
Dirrim has generated interest to play receiver, tight end, safety and linebacker at the next level. He has offers from Georgia State, Jacksonville State, Austin Peay, Columbia and Air Force, and he said he has not ruled anything out yet.
“I’m open to anything,” Dirrim said. “I’m going to see how this season goes and really try to weigh my options before I decide on anything.”