Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Archer quarterback KJ Parmer calls out hike while competing in a passing league competition against Brookwood at Archer High School in Lawrenceville on Tuesday.
LAWRENCEVILLE -- High school football coaches have been looking at summer 7-on-7 passing leagues and camps as increasingly important over the years, especially those coaches breaking in a new starting quarterback during the upcoming season.
However, few coaches are scrutinizing this summer's passing leagues more closely than Archer's Andy Dyer.
"It's very important offensively and defensively just to teach your kids," Dyer said of the weekly passing league workouts. "Once we start the season, we're basically game planning. We don't have a lot of practices in pads anymore like we used to. We've got to get our mental work going during the summer and do a lot of teaching. It also more times to evaluate kids at all positions and see what they can do."
Perhaps the most important evaluation Dyer has to make involves the development of K.J. Parmer, the heir apparent over sophomores Gabe Tiller and Paul Duffy to be at starting quarterback when Archer opens the season against Mountain View on Aug. 31.
But Dyer's attention to detail goes even beyond the fact that Parmer, a 5-foot-9, 160-pound rising junior, has seen only limited game action in his varsity career.
Throughout the program's previous three seasons of junior varsity and varsity football, Jarvis Holley was a fixture under center for the Tigers.
That was especially true last season, when he accounted for 1,413 yards of total offense -- nearly half of Archer's team total -- and nine touchdowns as the Tigers earned the first postseason berth in the program's brief history.
In addition to watching how well Parmer can grasp the offense, Dyer is also keeping an eye on how commanding a presence he is -- and perhaps more importantly watching how his teammates react to seeing someone other than Holley calling signals.
"Obviously, working with him over the summer, it paves the road for K.J. a good bit, although it's going to be different," Dyer said. "Jarvis has taken every snap but about 10 last three seasons.
"It'll be a challenge for K.J. ... He's played maybe a dozen snaps on Friday night. So (starting this season) will be a big deal for him. There's a learning curve. ... But at the same time, he's a super competitor."
To some in Parmer's position, the latter might seem like a lot to ask considering the steady progress the young Tigers' program has made behind Holley's leadership.
But he believes he has what it takes to step into his predecessor's formidable shoes and take over the leadership reins, especially thanks to the instruction he has gotten over the past few years from Dyer and the Archer coaching staff.
"Not really because the coaches here, they do a good job," Parmer said when asked if taking over for the only quarterback in program history seemed intimidating at times. "They help me get through the plays when I'm struggling. So, I'm just getting used to the system.
"I just want to get myself better so we can get the team back to the state playoffs."
It's not just Parmer or his teammates who have used the summer passing sessions to make adjustments.
Dyer says what he has seem has prompted him and his staff to tweak the Tigers offensive schemes in order to better tailor them to the young quarterback's talents.
"Any time you have a change in quarterback, you've got to adapt to his skill set," Dyer said. "(Parmer) is athletic and very smart, and we really feel like he's going to pick right up where Jarvis left off. He's got a great grasp of what we want to do (offensively).
"We'll definitely have a mixture of some of our option game. (Parmer) reads it well and runs it well. He's got a knack for throwing the football. So, we're excited about seeing what he can do."