Spring football game scheduled for May 13th

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By R. Alan Richardson

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Spring football practice always gives our avid Bulldog fans a taste of what is to come during the fall.  This year’s preparation for the 2016 season will culminate in a red and black scrimmage at Bill Corry Stadium/Legion Field this Friday.  The price of admission is one jar of peanut butter.  Now that’s different.  Head football Coach Bill Malone said, “We are trying to help build up our players through our nutrition program this year.  The peanut butter will be used to help supplement that program.”

The Dogs have 70 players on the field for spring practice and Malone talked about some of his concerns going into the season saying, “We had some key losses in the offensive line and at our inside linebacker positions as well as a couple of secondary players and wide outs.  Five of the six offensive linemen this fall will be first year offensive starters.  Depth at all positions other that halfback is a real concern for us right now.  Last week we had over 20 coaches from all levels come by and visit practice.  Some of the notables were Notre Dame, University of Georgia, LSU, and Alabama that are particularly interested in MJ Webb and Quinn Williams.”

Defensive coordinator, Allen Crowley, commented on the defense, “We don’t have any starters right now.  Every job is open and we have several players battling for spots in the secondary.  I’m real pleased so far with practice and the kids have shown up ready to work, but we still have a long ways to go.  They have to understand that this only the spring and the beginning of laying the base down of our defense.  We have to get better at every position over the summer.”

Crowley mentioned some of the positives that have already come out of practices saying, “Casey Cooper and Tre Davis have both been battling for the weak side tackle spot while Keandre Williams, Webb, and Williams will be a major part of our defensive schemes.  The other kids have done well filling in for our four losses on defense.”  Those losses include two linebackers and two corners.  Jody McAllister, Malik Chapman and Richard Brooks have all shown promise in filling that void for Morgan.  Tremond Moore and Jordan Huff return at safety giving the secondary some experience.  Crowley said, “I’ve been very pleased with their leadership so far.”

So, what are the goals for the spring game scrimmage?  “Defensively we want to recognize sets and line up correctly.  If you do that, you can play fast and hit,” said the defensive coordinator.  He also wanted to recognize his coaching staff with this comment, “These guys are a fun group to work with.  Brett Bell, Dusty Sidwell, and John Darsey have been lights out, pumped, and ready every day.”

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