Conway quarterback Tyler Langley translated baby steps to big strides last season.

In his first season in Clint Ashcraft’s spread offense, Langley passed for 2,725 yards and seven touchdowns in guiding one of the most prolific offenses in the state.

"I tiptoed at first last season, then things settled in," said the senior. "I stepped up with the offense and became a leader. I got comfortable with the confidence that I can run this offense."

Any particular time in which the spark began?

"The first game (against Southside), there were a lot of jitters, but we scored a lot of points and I settled in and I decided to go from there," he said.

"We thought what he did last year will carry over until this season," Ashcraft said. "He was thrown into the fire last year and he became a better football player. He’s battle-tested now."

"The big thing this year is I have a lot more experience in this offense," Langley said. "I know what it is really about. I think the development of our running backs will make us more balanced on offense"

He says the development of the Cat defense and its prospect for this season helps.

"I think I’ve learned a lot from going against them and how to run the offense," he said. "They force you to be perfect in executing the play."

Improvement?

"What I’ve been working on is staying in the pocket," he said. "But there is always room for improvement.

"Winning last year gave us high expectations for this year and I want to be a leader."