REED CITY — Derrick Rasor was a backup quarterback and safety for Reed City’s football team last season.

He’s looking at being a force for the Coyotes both offensively and defensively this year.

Rasor is in his second full varsity season with the Coyotes, who are their second week of practice and played at Montague Thursday at a scrimmage. Rasor admits he learned plenty as a junior.

“I put on probably 15 pounds and am 170 now,” he said.

No official starting positions have been announced, but Rasor is looking forward to the possibility of seeing action at both quarterback and safety.

As a quarterback, “my arm has gotten a lot stronger this year, that’s for sure,” Rasor said. “I think I have pretty good vision.”

He indicated he can be either a passing or running quarterback, similar to what the Coyotes have had in the past.

Reed City is the five-time defending Central State Activities Association champs. But the Coyotes only have two players back on offense and three on defense.

“We’re a little light on the line but we’re working at it,” Rasor said. “Most of the guys work hard. They don’t give up. It will be a positive for us.”

Rasor and Trent Sturgell will be the two safeties for Reed City.

“I think we’ll be pretty decent,” Rasor said. “We’ll be pretty good at the top. They won’t be able to throw over us.”

Rasor and the Coyotes expect many teams to throw the ball, including North Muskegon in season opener on Aug. 26 at home.

“As a safety, you have to be deeper than the receiver,” Rasor said. “The corners are supposed to push them into us.”

Rasor is looking for the Coyotes to have a strong running  game and a capable passing attack.