SURREY - Jordan Wenstad wore lime green and bright purple Adidas cleats with mismatched socks to Surrey High School's football practice Friday.
The senior quarterback's left sock was solid black save for a few Under Armour symbols in various colors. The sock on his right leg consisted of bright blue, orange, pink and green stripes.
"I like bright colors," Wenstad said.
Junior quarterback Brendan Larson prepares to deliver a pass during a drill at Surrey’s practice Friday morning.
Junior Brendan Larson was more subtle, wearing black ankle socks with black and white Under Armour cleats.
Each has a set of different characteristics. Each is vying to take over the quarterback spot left by the graduated Dylan Enget.
Wenstad, a former running back at Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood High School, has a speed advantage and ran the option well but is trying to correct a sidearm delivery he learned from his years on the baseball diamond.
While he had a bit of quarterback experience at MLS, Wenstad arrived at Surrey last season thinking he would be a running back and has had to learn throwing mechanics on the fly.
"I can't throw very well," Wenstad said. "I've been practicing more so I can start throwing a little bit better."
Despite his short stature, the 5-foot-7 Larson said he hasn't had any trouble seeing over the offensive line in his football career and, though not as quick as Wenstad, Larson possesses a better throwing arm.
Both played for the junior varsity team last year. At Friday's practice, reps were essentially equal in both option and passing drills and Mustangs coach Lyall Krueger said the battle to replace Enget remains open.
"Dylan, he has been a great mentor to me," Larson said. "He taught me the mechanics of throwing, how to read a defense. I looked up to him."
The Mustangs ran set offensive plays for the first time Friday, but the defensive players remained stationary and held blocking pads.
"We gotta work on conditioning and fundamentals the first three, four, five days," Krueger said. "We'll worry about our offense and defense after that."