Defensive backs trying to learn system for No. 19 Bobcats

Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2010-08-26 14:55:27

 By Shawn Wansley

JCJC Sports Information Director

ELLISVILLE – The 19th-ranked Jones County Junior College Bobcats have talent in the secondary.

But it’s just a matter of the players learning the system.

“They are all pretty young back there,” said defensive coordinator/defensive backs/linebackers coach Steve Boyd. “Everything is just new to them. What we call some things here may be different than what they called it in high school.

“It’s different terminology for them.”

The Bobcats use five backs in their defensive scheme.

At the present time, sophomore Cory Cooley (6-1, 200) from West Jones High School and Coffeyville Community College (Kan.) freshman transfer Antonio Parker (5-11 185) are the cornerbacks. Parker played at Destrehan High School in New Orleans. West Jones sophomore Roderick McCullum (5-11 200) is the free safety and Desoto Central freshman Martrez Townes (6-1, 210) is the strong safety. Starting at the hybrid ‘Bobcat’ position will be Laurel freshman Chris Smith (5-10, 190).

“They are doing well,” said Boyd. “I have been satisfied, but we will find out a lot in a few days. They have the ability, but they just need to play full speed and play with confidence.

“They want to do good and that means a lot.”

The Bobcats have several players in backup roles who will see playing time.

Collins freshman De Neco Hathorn (5-8, 170), Heidelberg freshman Cortez Nixon (5-9, 180) and West Jones freshman Jordan Walker (5-9, 180) are at the cornerback slots, while Oak Grove sophomore Jared Quinn (5-10, 185) is the backup ‘Bobcat’ and free safety. Bay Springs freshman Leslie Agee (5-9, 180) is at free safety and Mize freshman Chavez Sims (6-2, 220) is at strong safety.

Jones lost some talented secondary players from last season – Jamie Bender is at Alabama-Birmingham, Ramon Blakeney is at North Alabama and Chris Lofton is playing minor league baseball in the San Francisco Giants’ organization.

But Boyd is optimistic this year’s group can perform well.

“We harp on practicing and playing fast,” he said. “But we should be OK. We have the ability, but it’s getting them used to the speed of the game.”

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.

Airtime will be 5:30 p.m.


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