Jim Cardwell has been playing quarterback for Boyd since he was a freshman. Even though he's only 5'9, head coach Grant Reynolds says Cardwell has the intangibles. "He works hard. He works extra. He's a leader. He took the team, and he started being that leader we needed in the huddle."
Cardwell gets that competitive fire from his dad Carter, who is also the Bucs offensive coordinator. "It's just how my Dad raised me. You've got to be the toughest no matter what happens." Added Carter,"You know, I was excited about coaching my own son, which is a real thrill. Sort of a bridge that we have. Sort of fun that we can talk about things. Just sitting around dinner or whenever Mom let's us."
Reporter-"Are you shunned from talking about football at the dinner table? Does your wife put a stop to it?" Said Carter,"No comment at this time."(chuckles) Said Jim Cardwell,"But then when it's South Pittsburg week, all that goes out the window. We'll talk about it whenever."
Carter has enjoyed watching his son mature at the quarterback position. "The game has slowed down for him visually. He sees a lot more now. That's part of the normal progression. So he has moved right along with it well."
Cardwell is not just a threat in the backfield. He also returns punts. Reporter-"How nervous as a head coach are you since you let your starting quarterback return punts. You don't see that very much in football." Said Reynolds,"That's just where we are at a small school. You've got three or four good athletes, and we try to let them do everything." Said Jim,"Well over the off-season, I have been working on getting faster too. I knew I could run it hard, but I wanted to get faster in open space. I just started returning punts. I just kind of figured it out. John got hurt unfortunately, and now it's full-time."