Bobcats will be inexperienced at wide receiver position
Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2010-08-23 14:12:31
By Shawn Wansley
JCJC Sports Information Director
ELLISVILLE – Inexperience is the word when it comes to the wide receiver position for the 19th-ranked Jones County Junior College Bobcats.
Only one player returns who played in 2009 – Laurel sophomore Kylan Pollard (6-1, 175). The other ten wideouts will be newcomers this year, but Bobcat offensive coordinator/quarterbacks/wide receivers coach Brad Griffin feels good about the group.
“It’s a work in progress right now, but we are improving,” he said. “We’ve got a bunch of them and I’m pleased with their work ethic. They have bonded really well. Pollard is the only guy out there right now that was on the squad last year and that’s it.”
Two players who were signed following the 2008 season, but did not play last year will see action at the wideout slots. Wayne County’s Calvin McDougle (5-10, 170) and Warner Robins, Ga., product Rashad Wynes (6-2, 210) have been solid in the preseason.
“Calvin and Rashad went through spring with us,” said Griffin. “Calvin was not here in the fall and Rashad redshirted last year. Both of those guys have progressed well and are going to do really good for us.”
Highly-touted freshman Deuce Coon (5-11, 190) out of Redemptorist High School in Baton Rouge, La., is expected to make a strong impact at the wideout position. Coon committed to Miami (Ohio) out of high school.
“Deuce will be very much in the mix and we expect him to step up,” said Griffin. “He is doing well. He has a lot of potential and we just need to turn that potential into performance.”
Several other true freshman will be factors in the Bobcat receiving corps, including Wayne County’s Malik Lofton (6-0, 180), Jonathan Ducksworth (6-3, 205) of Bay Springs, Alec Barlow (5-8, 180) of Northeast Jones, Kendall Moffett (5-8, 170) of Collins, Desoto Central’s Ray Hamilton-Price (6-5, 205) and Richton products T.J. Amos (6-4, 190) and Jarrett Mills (5-10, 170).
“Malik is doing well and Jonathan will play a lot,” said Griffin. “Alec played quarterback at Northeast and has had a good preseason. Kendall, T.J., Ray and Jarrett have all been working hard and just need to improve. They are all good kids and are doing what we ask them to do.”
Even though it’s practically an entirely new crew, Griffin is optimistic about the wide receiver position.
“I am happy with where we are right now,” he said. “I expressed to (Head) Coach (Eddie) Pierce at a staff meeting that it will be a slow progression with these players. We will make small jumps and it’s not going to happen overnight.
“We’ve got some time, but it will be here before you know it. The biggest thing I’m pleased with is that they work hard and they are coachable. On top of all that, they are pretty good football players and that makes for a good combination. That makes your job fun and it’s a pleasure to coach them.”
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 www.jcjc.tv (audio only) with Lance Pittman on the call and Mark Easley providing commentary.
Air time will be 5:30 p.m.