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Knights hope defense will carry the team early

Monday August 1, 2011

Evans, Ga--While South Carolina was able to get the jump on the football season Friday, Monday, Georgia schools were front and center on the practice field. For Evans, they were there as the sun was just coming up.

Plenty of questions surround the Knights this year. That's what happens when you go from 34 seniors to 15 this year. Gone are the likes of Jamerson Turner, Will Scott and Glenn Cassidy at the skill positions. In are a lot of new faces with spots still up for grabs. Don't be surprised if you find some Knights playing several positions on offense alone.

"We have some guys who'll be split out," says coach Marty Jackson. "We have what we call hybrids where we'll have them in the slot position and in the backfield. So like I said, we're going to have some new names at Evans but we do every year. Absolutely, they're hybrids so it means they probably have some good hands, some size and they can run so yeah, it's exciting."

It's been a pretty good run for Marty Jackson's squad with four plus seasons of six or more wins. Getting another will be a challenge, and that challenge will be led by an experienced defense that gave up 14 points or less in six games a season ago.

"We don't have a lot of starters coming back on offense so some of us will be playing two ways so yeah, I think our defense will have to step it up," says Clifford Saggus. "Our strength, our defense, I think our defense will be doing good this year."

With all the youngsters, Jackson knows some growing pains lie ahead, but is excited to see how they grow up and how quickly they progress to make Evans a contender once again.


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