Spring training a starting point for next season's WSN lineup
Published 8:42 am Wednesday, February 28, 2007
By BY BRUCE HIXON – SPORTS EDITOR
Spring training may not have answered any lineup questions, but it gave W.S. Neal Blue Eagles football coach Blaine Hathcock some pretty good ideas for what he has going into fall practice.
Quarterback: “Right now Taylor Cash is our starter. He was our backup last year and has the most experience. We didn't throw a lot this spring, but we'll throw a lot
this summer. Taylor will be a lot better in that area by
the end of the summer,” said Hathcock. “Our other two
quarterbacks, William Shell and Jeremy Nicholson, are very inexperienced. William hasn't played football
since middle school. Jeremy played the spot some
in middle school, but has never taken a snap in high school.”
Running backs: “We don't have that big physical
presence like we've had the last couple of years,” said Hathcock. “We've got quite a few players with some experience, but none with abundant experience. Akeem Green and Nate Sheffield have the most experience. Jason Bailey and Wayne Mitchell are also possibilities. Louis Ray Nelson is also an option if we can keep him healthy.”
Wide receivers: “Jeremy Nicholson is the most athletic of our receivers. We're also looking at Karish Jones and Nathan Frazier,” said Hathcock.
Tight end: “We still have a lot of questions about the position. Donald Peacock took the majority of our snaps this spring. Xavier Singleton also got some action,” said Hathcock.
Offensive line: “It's probably our most settled position, which it should be because it's the area where we have the most
experience back,” said Hathcock. “We're looking at keeping Michael Boyd at center along with Jonathan Benjamin and Justin Emmons at guard. Adam York is at left tackle. They all started last season. Right tackle is a little up in the air, but we're looking at
Danny Warrick or possibly Benjamin.”
Defensive line: “Jamar Travis is a two-year starter at tackle. Derrick Fantroy has also played some up front in the past. End is one of our more unsettled spots. Adam York, Cody Brown and Anthony Calhoun, who did not play last year, are probably our top candidates at end,” said Hathcock.
Linebackers: “Akeem Green, Nate Sheffield, Jason Bailey and Taylor Cash all saw some time there last year so we've got some experience,” said Hathcock.
Secondary: “We're looking at Louis Ray Nelson and Jeremy Alexander at safety and Jeremy Nicholson at cornerback. Karish Jones is also a candidate. They all started at least one game last year,” said Hathcock.