No. 19 Bobcats feature solid mix at running back

Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2010-08-25 14:51:51

 By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

ELLISVILLE – The coaching staff at Jones County Junior College expects their running backs to do a little of everything – run, catch and block.

So far, running backs coach Chris Robinson has been pleased with the progress of his players.

“That’s something we ask of all of our backs,” he said. “We feel like we’ve recruited three pretty good ones and I am looking forward to working with this bunch.”

Leading the way for the 19th-ranked Bobcats is Quitman freshman DeAnthony Pickens (6-0, 205).

“DeAnthony has really surprised us,” said Robinson. “He is a kid that finishes his runs well. I can honestly say that he would be the frontrunner for the job right now. I just can’t say enough good things about him. He has really impressed us during this camp.”

Returning from last season is Louin native Justin Gaines (5-10, 180), a sophomore from Bay Springs High School.

“Justin has done a pretty good job for us,” said Robinson. “I see Gaines as probably more of a third down-type of back. He does a good job of catching the ball out of the backfield and can make a guy miss.”

A highly regarded prospect for the Bobcats in the backfield is freshman Lavoris “Tiger” Powell (6-1, 210) from Columbia County High School in Lake City, Fla. Powell signed with the University of South Florida out of high school.

“Tiger has come in and has done well,” said Robinson. “He is a big kid who can run and has good feet. He can be an every down-type of back.”

A walk-on that will be redshirted this season is Rahein Lyons (5-10, 180), a freshman from Bay High School.

Robinson said all three running backs on the roster would see playing time this season.

“It is a solid group,” he said. “We are looking forward to Sept. 2 to show what we can do.”

The Bobcats will open the season at 6 p.m. on Sept. 2 at Mississippi Delta Community College. The game will air on WGDQ-FM, 93.1, and on (audio only) with Lance Pittman on the call and Mark Easley providing commentary.

Air time will be 5:30 p.m.


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