Neal seniors season play reviewed
Published 1:03 am Wednesday, December 27, 2006
They were at the top or near the top of most W.S. Neal offensive and defensive statistical categories. The Blue Eagles' 13-member senior class this fall was also the backbone of a 9-3 record, the club's first playoff berth since 2003 and their first postseason win since that same year.
Hathcock had a few words for each of his seniors.
Jonathan Alexander: “It seemed like Jonathan always came up with a big play in the game on either offense or defense and often both,” said Hathcock.
Marquis Barksdale: “Marquis made 22 straight starts at quarterback in the two seasons I've been here. I often shook my head in amazement at some of the great plays he made,” said Hathcock.
Nykeem Barton: “Nykeem joined us this season. He was slowed by a hand injury early in the season, but came back and rushed for more than 1,000 yards,” said Hathcock.
Jeremy Brazile: “The thing I'll remember most about Jeremy is his happy-go-lucky attitude,” Hathcock said. “It didn't seem to matter what the situation was. Jeremy always had a smile on his face.”
Jared Cooper: “There isn't much more to say about Jared that hasn't been said already. His accomplishments and honors speak for him,” Hathcock said.
Bobby Freeman: “Bobby overcame a lot of injuries and especially a bad shoulder in order to play,” said Hathcock.
James Freeman: “James was a totally different player from his junior to senior season,” said Hathcock. “James reshaped his body through a lot of hard work in the weight room.”
Justin Howard: “I don't think we had a harder worker than Justin especially this past summer. The summer is when he made himself a much better player,” said Hathcock.
Aaron Lambert: “Aaron didn't play last year as a junior. He started all 12 games this season and was very dependable at right tackle,” said Hathcock.
Ryan Meier: “Ryan is the kind of player coaches love. He does everything you ask and gets the most of his ability,” Hathcock said. “He worked hard to get some playing time. He wasn't flashy, but Ryan made some big catches for us.”
Brandon Samuel: “This was Brandon's first year of football with us. He got some starts early in the year an contributed some on special teams,” said Hathcock.
Justin Smith: “Justin didn't play with us last season, but he came back with a great year for us,” said Hathcock. “Justin is a great competitor who hates to lose.”
Shaunathan Williams: “Shaunthan was a very vocal player. He always made sure practice kept moving along in the right direction,” Hathcock said.