The new football coach with the Central Section pedigree wasn't just going to give the ball to his best athletes and let them run.
No, Mick Fuller was going to make his Stone Ridge Christian players earn their touches.
And his trust.
"Consistency and work ethic and a willingness to to improve," Fuller stated, allowing his mind to wander back to the summer of 2009, "that's what I was looking for more than anything else."
Fuller found it in bushels in Evan Doss, then the junior incumbent at quarterback.
Doss poured himself into Fuller's Double Wing system, exerting max effort in the drills while becoming fluent in the language and expectations.
Very quickly, Doss became a leader on a youth-laden team lacking game experience.
"He did everything I asked him to do and he was coachable," Fuller said. "His athleticism was solid, but what I was really looking for was coachability, a positive attitude. I want to reward a kid with the opportunity to be athletic and demonstrate his skills."
It wasn't until Week 4 that Doss emerged as a game-changing talent on the small-school level.
He began the fall under center, orchestrating the Double Wing's tricky, motion-based offense.
But as Fuller settled into his new position and began to learn more about his personnel, he realized that Doss was better suited for the offense's leading role -- wingback.
So he made the switch.
Cameron Goodin slid under center and Doss went in motion, giving life to The Wingman.
The rest was a flurry of 100-yard games, big gains and individual praise.
Doss rushed for more than 1,064 yards on 157 carries in the final seven games of the season, garnering attention from several small West Coast colleges including Willamette and former Merced coach Mark Speckman.
Doss was also a consensus all-Harvest Christian League selection.
"We were seeing teams with 10 and 11 players in the box and he was still productive," Fuller aid. "He's fairly elusive. He doesn't have top speed, but he is elusive and has good vision. He runs hard."
However, inexperience handcuffed Stone Ridge Christian. With only two seniors, SRC closed the 2009 season at just 3-7.
This fall, the tables have turned. Fuller has a full complement of seniors.
Doss will run behind at least three of them: left tackle David Souza; right guard Johnny Rogers and tight end Tony Iencarelli.
"By virtue of having a class of eight or nine seniors with experience, (Doss) will have the opportunity to have breakout games," Fuller said. "We know what kinds of defenses to expect.
"On the other side, we're a Double Wing. You know what to expect from us; now you just have to defend it."