“Even as a sophomore newcomer to varsity he took control of the huddle.
“He has that in him and stepped in the huddle and displayed it.
“That was impressive that he, as a sophomore, looked in that huddle of mainly seniors and took charge.”
Acosta is also proving to be a good leader by example as shown by the work he has put in during the offseason.
“He has been at the stadium almost every day in the summer working out and throwing passes to his receivers, and that alone shows great leadership,” Tarver said. “When he needs to be, he is not only a motivator, but a disciplinarian as well.
“If the guys are doing something wrong or not hustling or concentrating, he lets them know.
“And when he does something wrong he takes full responsibility.
“You can’t ask much more form a leader than that.”
Acosta’s year of experience behind center will also give Rams’ coaches a chance to open up the playbook and add more plays to the offense.
“Without a doubt I can throw more on Caleb’s plate,” Tarver said. “As we started adding things in the spring, because he is familiar with the offense, we can tie new things into already existing schemes and Caleb picks it up right away and does a great job with it.”
The Rams’ season opener will be Friday, Aug. 30, at home against state-ranked No. 9 Graham. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.