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May 9, 2012By Jimmy White of Prattville High School
LIONS TO PLAY SPRING JAMBOREE GAME IN MOBILE AGAINST DAVIDSON
Two weeks into spring practice Prattville’s new head football coach Chad Anderson likes what he sees with his candidates for the 2012 football season.
“We have had some good practices. The kids are adapting to the new system and terminology. We aren’t short on players, we are certainly short on coaches, but that will be different as we approach the summer workouts, when we will be able to begin to replace the coaches that have departed,” Anderson said at his office Tuesday, May 8.
Anderson and his staff have 43 seniors, 40 juniors and 48 sophomores listed on the spring practice roster.
Prattville graduated 42 seniors from the state championship squad of 2011. Twenty-nine of those 42 seniors received scholarships to play at the next level. Many of the departing seniors had been varsity stars for two years, and will leave a big void this fall.
One of the glaring positions that will gain attention will be the battle for the quarterback position. The Lions had two quarterbacks who graduated and both received scholarship offers to Division 1 schools. Jalen Whitlow signed with the University of Kentucky and Justin Thomas signed with Georgia Tech. That’s a situation almost unheard of with two quarterbacks from one high school receiving Division One offers.
The quarterback race is wide open with no front runner. Anderson said the battle would be settle during the summer months. Sophomore Kalen Whitlow (5-10-165); junior Austin Rolling (5-9-160); seniors Tadarious Perry, (5-10-160), and Chris Stuckey (5-9-160) were mentioned as vying for the position.
Whitlow was the quarterback for the very successful freshman team last fall that won seven games and lost one, falling to Hoover’s Frosh in the final game of the season. Whitlow completed 60 of 104 aerials for 1,113 yards and 12 touchdowns.
The other three candidates saw limited action with the varsity and the tenth grade squad.
Anderson related that while the squad has 26 candidates vying for wide receivers, all need more conditioning and need to get more physical over the summer months.
Randy Reed, Anthony Lykes, Corey Jones, Joe Smith, and Clayton Strong all had playing time last fall. Ty Moore (335 yards), Seth Knots (271 yards), and Keegan Smith (359 yards) are sophomores who played vital roles with the freshman team last fall as receivers.
The offensive line returns a number of solid performers from last year’s squad. Senior Austin Golson (6-6-280) is regarded as one of the top line prospects in the nation and is a verbal commitment to Florida State University leads the linemen.
Others include junior Clark Rice (5-11-280), seniors Daniel Schmidt (6-4-290), Jacob Abraham (6-3-290), and Cody Gardner (6-1-310), and junior Austin Schuffert (6-2-220).
Anderson also is happy with his linebacker corps. “We have a solid group of linebackers and we should be okay with this group,” he added. Juniors Joseph Anderson (5-11-190), Devin Nixon (5-8-180), Tevin Morrisette (5-8-165), Jeremiah Andrews (5-11-190), Jacob Blalock (5-10-180), and senior Patrick Parks (5-8-180) are the linebackers mentioned.
Defensive linemen mentioned by Anderson are seniors Yusef Howard (5-10-270), Astin McQueen (6-2-210), and Shaquille Brown (5-10-180); and juniors Ronny Slayton (6-1-210), Nick Certain (5-11-180), and Thomas Fritz (5-10-220).
In the defensive backfield names mentioned by Anderson included senior Donta Truss (5-8-160) and Kiwane Pinard (5-8-140), safeties juniors - Travis Johnson (5-9-180), and Walter Steele (5-8-160).
Anderson also said that kicker senior Austin MacGinnis has had an excellent spring with kicking Coach Mike McCabe.
Prattville will end the spring practice next week with practice days on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 14, 15 & 16. Friday night May18 in Mobile the Lions will tackle Mobile’s Davidson High School in a control scrimmage at Ladd Stadium with a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Prattville’s 2012 schedule –
8-31 – Carver
9-7- at Spain Park
9-14 – Wetumpka
9-28 – open
10-5 – at Stanhope Elmore
10-12 – at Pelham
10-19- at Oak Mountian
10- 26- Chelsea
11-2- at Dothan Northview