Ridgewood High running back Tyler Vito no longer has to worry about the days of the I-formation.
No more 20-plus carries per game. No more looking forward to running up against eight players in the box.
What Vito is really hoping has gone away are the blowout losses, because in 2011 that nearly became the theme of each game in a 1-9 season. There is cause for optimism as Ridgewood hired former Gulf coach Jay Fulmer.
"I believe were going to win football games this year," Vito said. "We're not going to get blown out big or anything in every game. It'll be a close game every time out. I think overall we're strong. Coach Fulmer has prepared us for war. I don't think anyone knows what's coming."
Last season, Vito's role was more along the lines of an every down back and many teams knew exactly what was coming. A steady dose of Vito from a series of I-formation sets.
Fulmer has implemented a multiple set offense, in which he is looking to take advantage of the strong-armed abilities of his son, Will, and the various weapons Ridgewood offers in the passing game. Vito will see split time at running back and at receiver for the Rams and is extremely excited about the prospects of catching the ball more in 2012.
"My role is going to be much different then last year," Vito said. "I feel great about it. I love catching the ball in the open field. It's much better then running the ball against eight guys in the box. I sat down and looked at our team man to man, 11-on-11 against everyone in the county and I think we matchup well with anyone around."
Fulmer said Vito has been a staple in the Ridgewood football program and will have to take on new leadership responsibilities that could help lead the Rams to a successful season in 2012.
"Tyler is a Ridgewood kid to the heart," Fulmer said. "He really is a fixture of this program. He's got unlimited potential to lead. I know he hasn't always taken those leadership responsibilities to heart. He knows that's what we expect out of him. He has really put the team first before his own goals. He knows he doesn't have to carry us this year. All he has to do is do his job."