Monday August 12, 2013
Edgefield, SC--On a very short list of top football programs in the CSRA, you have to venture to Edgefield. That's where you'll find the blue steel and the Rebels of Strom Thurmond.
They only return four starters on offesne and four on defense, which is probably the least amount since their state championship team eight years ago. Don't expect a drop off in wins though. The bar at Strom Thurmond is high and every new class knows they have to elevate their game. 56 wins in five years speaks volumes to the tradtion of the Rebels
"It is some pressure because we do have a lot of young faces coming to the program, but they can step up and replace the people that graduated" said Lyndon Lowery.
"I think it's invaluable" said Lee Sawyer "I mean we have expectations. We kind of hang our hat on the fact we owe it to the guys who came before"
The biggest weapon they have returns and that's quarterback Jauveer Hammond. After a big junior year, Hammond went out and got better in the off season. His dual threat capability will certainly put the defenses to the test and can overcome some inexperience elsewhere.
"Even though you may graduate a lot of people, if you can have your quarterback back, that's always important. Jauveer poses such a threat to people" added coach Sawyer
"I've been to various camps and all kind of stuff like that. Just trying to help my team out every Tuesday, evertime we go to passing camp every year" said Jauveer Hammond
While they lost Darius Hammond in the backfield, look for Chad Gilchrist and Delonte Bates to step up their game. Kenyatta Dunbar anchors the defense and you can expect them to rise to the occassion on that side of the ball as well.