By BRETT MARSHALL

bmarshall@gctelegram.com

HOLCOMB Logan Singhisen can hardly wait to don the pads and begin the 2010 high school football season at Holcomb.

Singhisen, a senior, was the heir-apparent at quarterback to Jordan Wilcox, one of the top signal callers in school history.

Five games into his junior campaign, though, Singhisen suffered a broken right hand and was forced to miss the remainder of the season.

"I'm really looking forward to the season," Singhisen said Tuesday near the end of the Longhorns' second day of practice without pads.

Not only will Singhisen, a right-handed thrower, be back under center for his final season, he also will be recovering from major shoulder surgery on his throwing arm (a torn capsule) that occurred during basketball season.

"I've been doing lots of rehab, and I'm getting stronger," Singhisen said. "The range of motion is getting better all the time. I'm pretty sure it will be much stronger when we start the season."

Due to his shoulder injury, it is unlikely that the senior, who was one of several players elected captains of this year's team, will play on the defensive side of the ball.

"I doubt that I'll be back there, but we've got some other guys who have a lot of experience," Singhisen said.

Coach Jerry Johnson enters his fifth year at the helm of the 'Horns and has compiled a 28-11 record, including 4-5 a year ago in which the team suffered through a multitude of injuries to starters.

"We've got eight starters back on each side of the ball, so we've got some experience," Johnson said. "But we're still pretty young, and we don't have a lot of depth."

Numbers at Holcomb are down this season as only 36 players suited out for the first day of fall practice.

"We've got a small freshman class, but we're good in numbers down in the junior high and fifth- and sixth-grade programs," Johnson said. "We've just got to maximize the effort and stay healthy."

Singhisen concurred with his coach about the experience gained by those players thrust into the lineup in 2009, Johnson's first losing season at Holcomb.

"I think we've got a solid team, and I trust the guys we've got," Singhisen said. "We know the system that the coaches have put in, and we're comfortable in knowing what we need to do."

The Longhorns, who have left the Hi-Plains League and now are a member of the new Great West Activities Conference, will open their season Sept. 3 with a road game at Chaparral High School, located between Anthony and Harper in south-central Kansas.

Sophomore Clay Gilbert, who subbed for Singhisen last year, will move to the backfield on offense for the Longhorns.

Other members of the GWAC are Colby, Goodland, Scott City, Ulysses and Hugoton.