East Hamilton’s Juan Bullard Made Smooth Transition From Running Back to Quarterback

Chattanooga-(WDEF-TV) Right before the season started, East Hamilton lost starting quarterback Lake Clark to a knee injury, but the set-back didn’t doom the Hurricanes.
They turned to running back Juan Bullard.
Bullard rushed for 18-hundred yards last year, and he didn’t miss a beat sliding in at quarterback this season, guiding the Canes to a region title and the second round of the playoffs.

East Hamilton coach Grant Reynolds never hesitated in asking his stud running back to give up his position, and shift to quarterback.
Said Reynolds:”He knew that we needed him in that position. He’s a team player, and so he’s the guy that’s going to do those kind of things.”
Said Bullard:”The team believed in me. The coaches believed in me, so I had to step up to the plate and take all the charges.”
Playing quarterback required a lot more work for Bullard.
Said Bullard:”Yeah I watched way more film than I did at running back. Got to learn how to break down coverages. Learn where the soft spots are in the defenses and stuff like that. I had to get used to back throwing. Get the shoulder right. Had to do a lot of shoulder exercises.”
Bullard certainly gives new meaning to a strong arm quarterback.
He has been a handful for opponents…rushing for nearly 14-hundred yards and passing for nearly 12-hundred yards
Reporter:”Could you call him a dual-threat now? Is he a legitimate dual threat?”
Said Reynolds:”Yeah I think so. I think with the way he has developed in the passing game. He’s a legitimate dual-threat quarterback. He has scored about 31 touchdowns.”
Reporter:”That’s. (chuckles) pretty electric.”
Said Reynolds:”It is. He’d be the first to tell you that the offensive line and those receivers have helped him do that.”
Said Bullard:”Every time people hear East Hamilton they think of we have to stop 17. But we’ve got way bigger parts than that in our offense. So if they key on me, we’ve got other aspects to take over.”
Said Reynolds:”Well one he’s a good leader. He’s selfless. He demands a lot out of his self, but he also demands a lot of the team. It works well because of how hard that Juan works.”

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