Spring football practice under way at JCJC
Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2011-03-23 14:21:36
By Shawn Wansley
JCJC Sports Information Director
ELLISVILLE – Working on the basics will be at the top of the priority list for the Jones County Junior College football team this spring.
“We have a very limited number of kids here,” said sixth-year JCJC head coach Eddie Pierce on Tuesday afternoon in the Bobcat Fieldhouse. “We have 27 kids out for practice. There is only so much you can do, but the ones we are counting on are getting a lot of reps.
“We can only do half of our line (drills) because we don’t have very many offensive linemen. Some of those kids decided they did not want to play anymore.”
The Bobcats began spring practice on Monday and will continue through April 14. JCJC has six weeks in which to hold 20 practice sessions.
Presently, JCJC is working with one quarterback – Aaron Andrews – and one running back – Tiger Powell – this spring.
“We will have four quarterbacks coming in this fall, but like I said, we are just limited right now,” Pierce said. “We are pretty much one-deep everywhere.”
Last year, the Bobcats had experience in their offensive and defensive lines, but were inexperienced at the skill slots. This year, the situation has flip-flopped.
“We knew we had some receivers coming back who can catch the ball,” Pierce said. “We can have some great seven-on-seven drills right now. But everything is working out pretty good because we can spend a lot of time with the players we do have.
“We are teaching a lot of technique and doing a lot of ‘pass-skel’ drills. We want to come out of spring with anywhere from 15-20 guys that we think can play.”
Incoming freshmen will come in during the second session of summer school and the Bobcats will begin official workouts for the 2011 season in August.
The schedule has not been set for the season, but JCJC will have five home games at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field.
The Bobcats will host Mississippi Delta, Coahoma, Co-Lin, East Central and Southwest. They will travel to Mississippi Gulf Coast, Holmes, Hinds and Pearl River.