DHS readies for jamboree at SylacaugaPublished 11:03am Thursday, May 16, 2013
The Dadeville Tigers will wrap up their spring football practice by traveling to Sylacauga for a spring jamboree game.
If the projected lineup and formations are any indication, the Tigers may be showing up for a track meet.
With a 3-4 look at defense, DHS head football coach Richard White said the team is stacked with speed.
“We don’t have the personnel to run a four-man front,” White said of the decision to run a 3-4 defense. “We’re looking for ways to get athletes on the field.”
C.J. Tolbert, who spent a significant amount of last season at running back, heads into the spring game as the No. 1 quarterback on the depth chart.
“We know he can run the offense,” White said.
However, with athlete Cal Jones also on the roster, the dual-threat Tolbert will be called upon to provide stability as a signal-caller.
“In a best-case scenario, Cal would be the quarterback and C.J. would be the starting running back,” White said. “Right now, we’re focusing on bringing Cal along. We’re hoping that Cal will be ready to take the helm at quarterback when the season starts against Reeltown, but we aren’t afraid to start him now, and we know C.J. can run the offense.”
However, White said that Darius Miller was one of several running backs that are more than capable of carrying the rushing load.
On the defensive side, Anfernee Jennings is the main returning playmaker.
White said that he has been impressed with the inside linebackers so far, but is looking to shore up the secondary.
“We know what Roger Hicks can do at the cornerback position,” he said. “We want to see what his younger brother Isaiah can do. I’m a little worried about the safety position.”
White said the main goal of the jamboree game is to establish depth, as he wants to limit the amount of two-way play on the team.
“Safety is one of the positions that we’ll have some players crossing over, and Anfernee is going to get a look at the tight end position,” he said. “When Cal is at receiver, he’s the best we have out there. But Anfernee’s younger brother Shawn is going to be a good player at wideout.”
White said while the team is looking impressive in practice, tonight’s game against Sylacauga would give him a greater insight as to where the team is.
“You can play like Tarzan out here, but it has to translate into the game,” White said. “I’ll know where the team really is after this game.”
Dadeville’s game versus Sylacauga will be at 6 p.m. at Sylacauga High School.