There were times last season when the offensive line for the Bexley High School football team seemed to be in constant flux given how many players received playing time because of injuries.

There were times last season when the offensive line for the Bexley High School football team seemed to be in constant flux given how many players received playing time because of injuries.

Bexley finished 3-7 overall and 1-6 in the MSL-Ohio Division to place seventh, behind Licking Valley (7-0), Heath (6-1), Granville (5-2), Newark Catholic (4-3), Columbus Academy (3-4) and Whitehall (2-5), and ahead of Lakewood (0-7).

"It was tough adjusting," said left guard Gabe Sudai, who will be a senior this fall. "We had a lot of guys being thrown in there and they didn't know the plays. It made for some confusion."

But Sudai and coach John Smith believe the offensive and defensive lines could be strengths for the Lions in the 2011 season.

"We've been working out a lot, three days a week," said Sudai, who made honorable mention all-league last year. "I feel like we have more experience on the line this year and a lot more chemistry after having that one year together."

"We do have some experience coming back and we will see how that translates this year," Smith said. "This has been one of the best offseasons in regards to strength training. Our kids are putting themselves in position to compete and be successful, but we will see how well that translates on Friday nights."

Bexley had a series of injuries last season, but Smith said the Lions adhered to a "next man in" philosophy.

The offensive and defensive lines weren't the only positions where the Lions used multiple starters, and the openings allowed Smith to experiment with the lineup.

Because of multiple injuries at running back, 2011 graduate Elijah Scott was moved from wide receiver to running back for the Lions' lone league win, a 42-21 victory over Lakewood. In that contest, Scott rushed for a program-record 416 yards and scored six touchdowns on 31 carries.

Other experiments, such as having senior Jalen Robinette and 2011 graduate Alex Lemon split time at quarterback, will not be repeated this season.

"We probably should have gone with just one quarterback and stuck with him," Smith said. "We thought it was best for us at that time, but if we had to do it all over again, we probably would do that differently. This year, the quarterback we go with is going to be the guy we go with all year."

Robinette and some of the other expected returnees should give Bexley some speedy options next fall.

In the Division II state track and field meet on June 4 at Ohio State, he and three football teammates - senior D.J. Jones, sophomore Rasheed Morgan and Scott - combined to place fifth in the 800-meter relay in 1 minute, 30.16 seconds.

Last season, Robinette had 23 receptions for 341 yards and a touchdown, rushed for 359 yards and three touchdowns, and completed 40 of 75 passes for 403 yards and four touchdowns.

"If we were handing batons off and ran around a track, I'd feel very confident about things," Smith said. "We still have to make the holes for those guys to run through and get the ball to them in space. Do we have some guys who can do something? Absolutely. But it's our job to put them in the right position to be successful."

Bexley held a football camp for sophomores, juniors and seniors. The camp began June 20 and concludes Thursday, June 23.

The Lions will compete in 7-on-7 drills on July 21 at Hartley, July 22 at Logan and July 27 in a 10-team competition at Dublin Jerome.

Also this summer, the players are working out in the weight room from 6 to 8 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

"We're just trying to change the culture of Bexley football," Smith said. "That means making a commitment to the program and doing the things that they can do to make us better.

"If they go out and give effort, they have a chance to get better every day."

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