Co-Lin players report Sat.

Published 5:00 am Friday, August 3, 2007

WESSON — After one of their best-ever campaigns, theCopiah-Lincoln Community College football team reports Saturday at2 p.m. in a prelude to the 2007 campaign. The Wolfpack finished 9-3last season, beating Georgia Military College 21-0 in the GoldenIsles Bowl Classic at Brunswick, Ga. They also won the SouthDivision title and were state playoff runners-up to Pearl River.Co-Lin ranked No. 6 in the final NJCAA poll.

Co-Lin head coach Glenn Davis said he expects around 80 playersto report. Physical exams will be given Sunday. Practice beginsMonday at 3:30 p.m.

“We have a small group of sophomores coming back,” said Davis.”Last year we had about 25. Eight starters return among the 10sophomores.”

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“We have some walk-ons trying to make the team,” he continued.”We have about 15 try that every year.”

The roster must be reduced to 55 players before Co-Lin’s Aug. 30season opener at Northwest Community College in Senatobia. The55-man player squad may include eight out-of-staters.

“We try to save a few spots for walk-ons,” said Davis, startinghis fourth year at the helm.

Davis said his staff of assistants would remain the same withthe addition of Kelvin Redd, a newcomer from Delta State and aBrookhaven product. Redd will help coach the defensive line.

Brett Shufelt is Co-Lin’s defensive coordinator. Calvin Greencoaches the secondary. Carson Jeffers, offensive line; TerrellGrindle, running backs; and Brian Hayes, secondary; complete thecoaching staff.

Co-Lin was ranked No. 21 in a preseason NJCAA poll. Defensiveend Raven Gray and offensive lineman Edward Prince have been chosenpreseason All-Americans.

Phillip Freeman is another starter returning to the offensiveline. On defense, Johnny Sanders at defensive back and TreyHardaway at linebacker return.

Davis will have to find a replacement for all-Americanquarterback Cedric Johnson, plus 16 more starters.

“We’ll be working with three new quarterbacks,” said Davis. “Wehave just two sophomores on offense who played. We will beyoung.”

The Wolves only have Thursday and Saturday of next week fortwo-a-days. Morning practices will be at 9 a.m. and the afternoonsession at 3:30. A scrimmage will be held next Saturday.

The fall school term starts Aug. 13.