Week one in the books for NGU Football

Week one in the books for NGU Football
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Week one in the books for NGU Football

Tigerville – North Greenville football wrapped up its week one fall camp on Saturday afternoon in Tigerville, and overall Coach Farrington and his staff were pleased with the results.

“I really like the focus, effort, and coach-ability of this team,” remarked head coach Jeff Farrington after the first week of preparations.” We have been installing several new schemes on offense, defense, and special teams and really emphasizing staying on the field during the hot and humid weather.”

OFFENSE

  • The NGU offense has made a solid amount of progress across the board as it continues to install the new offense brought in by new coordinator Trey Elder.

Up Front:

  • The offensive line, led by a pair of seniors in Caleb Harris and Cam Stepp have been providing leadership and production across the front five.
  • Redshirt freshman Jonathan Holton looks to secure a spot on the starting line-up in week one while true freshman Dalton McKittrick has turned heads in his first week in Tigerville.
  • Whitt Warner, Tyler Lilly, Gage Smith, and Matt Johnson have also looked solid over the first days of drills and will make selecting a starting five a welcome difficulty.

The Signal Callers:

  • Will Hunter enters his third season as a starter looking to learn a new system. The senior is grasping the new concepts through and continues to make smart decisions.
  • The backup role is a four-man race with Donny Baker, Bryce Fields, and Garrett Miller progressing as the practices stack up. Baker looks to be the front-runner for the number two spot as the only one of the three with playing time.
  • All have gotten quality reps during the first seven practices.

Ball Carriers

  • NGU enters the 2018 season with some question marks at running back for the first time in several years. Even with the lack of experience, the position still boasts quality depth.
  • Jarvion Norman and Dashonnel Wright look to be the leaders at the position while a group of freshman have shown glimpses of explosiveness.
  • The battle will continue throughout the summer.

Pass Catchers

  • Another position with quality depth is the wide-receiver spot with returners Javon Smith and Demajiay Rooks as the anchors. Christian Bruce also returns to bolster a dangerous group of speedsters with a reputation to stretch opposing defenses.
  • Position coach Ricky Spradling also has a stable of Division I transfers to work with with the arrival of Kyle Belack, Matthew Martin, and Lucas Catalfomo.
  • Ken Drummond has also shown the ability to make some plays for Will Hunter and the quarterbacks.


Tight Ends

  • Perhaps the most experienced group on the field for NGU is at the tight end spot with several players returning to bolster the group.
  • Bobby Foos, who doubles as the team’s punter continues to be a leader for the team and a steady producer offensively.
  • Jordan Helms has arguably had the best fall camp so far of any offensive player while Dominique Richardson and Tyius Lewis have provided important quality depth at the position.

DEFENSE

  • NGU defenders enter the fall camp in excellent condition according to coordinator Greg Harris. The guys on campus during the summer, as well as the guys who worked out at home, reported to camp in great shape.
  • The 2018 version of the North Greenville defense enters the season with more quality depth than in years past.
  • Senior nose Seth Laughter leads the North Greenville defense while Devon Turman has also made steady gains on the front line.
  • Matt Thomas and Eddie Studyvance head up a linebacking corps that boasts a great deal of experience while Aaron Watson has led the NGU secondary.
  • The staff has also been impressed with the freshman class and the players that have stepped up. Kwame Livingston on the defensive line has turned the heads of the defensive staff while Dantevian Byrd has helped sure up the linebacking group.
  • Likewise, Kendall Brooks has helped bolster the NGU secondary.

The Crusaders will scrimmage tonight in Younts Stadium with a tentative start time around 7 pm.