By MARK BURKE

LOG CABIN STAFF WRITER

When a new coach takes over, there are usually changes that come as a result.

Some come in the form of schemes, X’s and O’s or position changes.

All of that will no doubt be the case for Conway Christian this season, including a new field general. Tanner Stevenson will fill that role, as he’ll take over the quarterback duties in Michael Carter’s first year as the coach of the Eagles.

The junior saw some action at defensive back last season and will now assume the leadership duties that come with his new position.

"I’ve grown a lot and gotten stronger," Stevenson said. "It was tough (making the position change) at first, but I’ve come a long ways and learned the position pretty well."

Conway Christian has predominantly been a running team in the past. With the new coach and running backs such as Anthony Ragland and Bates Isom no longer available, the Eagles will be switching to more of a Spread offense.

That’s just find with Stevenson, who said he is looking forward to getting other players involved.

"I think we have a lot more options," Stevenson said. "We’ve got some kids who can really step up and help."

One help for Stevenson comes from his former position. He hopes to use what he learned from defender  route runners as he transitions to the one throwing the ball now.

"It helps with the reads and to know where to throw the ball," Stevenson said. "I have a good idea of where they’re supposed to be."

But whether it’s players at a new position or just the team in general, Stevenson is hoping for some positive steps in the 2011 season.

"Hopefully, there won’t be as many mental mistakes," he said. "We’ve got some good leaders out there."

And with the bond the team has formed, that’s not something Stevenson is too worried about.

"We’re all working really well together," Stevenson said. "I think everyone is getting along good, and we’re all really close."