Co-Lin Wolfpack enjoy respite from practice

Published 5:00 am Tuesday, August 19, 2008

WESSON – After nine straight days of preseason footballpractice, the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wolfpack earned awell-deserved rest and were given Saturday off by Co-Lin head coachGlenn Davis. Co-Lin resumes preseason drills tonight with a 7 p.m.practice in Stone Stadium.

“For the most part, the effort has been really good,” saidDavis. “The kids have worked hard. I know they need a break and sodo the coaches.”

Davis said the summer workout regimen, installed by newoffensive line coach Drew O’Daniel, has benefited the squad. “WhatCoach O’Daniel did with them in the summer has really paid off.

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“We haven’t had the nagging hamstring problems we’ve had in thepast,” Davis noted. “Our kids are in better shape and they feelgood about themselves.”

Twenty sophomores were returning from last year’s 3-6 team thatfinished 2-4 in the South Division. Davis said he has beenencouraged by the progress of the younger players.

“We have some good players but we have to have some freshmengrow up in a hurry,” said Davis. “We are a work in progress.Leadership has been pretty good.”

Davis said recent rainfall had forced the team to practiceindoors on two occasions. They used the old gymnasium and the newerMullins Gymnasium.

“The fields were a marsh,” said Davis. “We had to work indoorstwice.

Working at quarterback for Co-Lin are sophomores Micah Davis andJason Bruce and freshman Charles (Bobo) Rancifer. Bruce played somewide receiver last season.

Rancifer, a freshman from Brookhaven, has been playing safetyduring preseason drills. He was a 3-year starter at quarterback forthe Ole Brook Panthers. He was The DAILY LEADER’s Mr. Football onthe 2007 All-Lincoln County Team.

Tyler Fitzgerald is kicking for the Wolves. He is a SimpsonCounty Academy graduate from Florence.

Fitzgerald replaces sophomore Will Thibodeaux of Brookhaven whoelected to give up football and transfer to Mississippi StateUniversity.

Co-Lin has around 60 players participating in practice. Theroster must be trimmed to 55 players before the first game which isAug. 28, at East Mississippi Community College in Scooba.