By the time the 2012 season is completed, George Washington tailback Ryan Switzer should have a pretty good tan going. Because the spotlight will doubtlessly be affixed to his every move.
Everyone will be keeping an eye on Switzer, the go-to player for last year's Class AAA state runner-up, which kicks off its season at 7:30 Friday night at Oakes Field against neighboring rival South Charleston.
As if all that isn't enough, the 5-foot-9, 175-pound Switzer has drawn some attention this summer for starting his season with a head of bleached-blond hair.
"I may keep it all year,'' Switzer said with a grin.
Moments after GW completed the preseason portion of its schedule Friday with a pair of scrimmage wins in the MSAC Grid-o-rama at Laidley Field, Switzer was asked if he's again ready for the long grind. If the Patriots return to the state finals, they'll be playing until Dec. 1, a full 15 weeks away.
"I think so,'' Switzer said. "We went through the offseason conditioning, and we had 40 guys almost every day. I think we showed ourselves pretty well in the preseason.
"We've got a lot of stuff to work on, but that comes with time. We're working some new guys in. We're going to have mistakes. I can't make mistakes - stupid mistakes that I made. But overall, come Aug. 24, we're going to be ready.''
In last Friday's MSAC workouts, Switzer touched the ball four times against Parkersburg and sped for three touchdowns of 70, 39 and 31 yards. His other carry went for minus-4 yards (an option play to the short side of the field), so he wound up with 136 yards. Later against Capital, he carried eight times for 55 yards and two scores, those covering 1 and 6 yards.