Bobcats welcome 21 for spring football practice

By SHAWN WANSLEY,

ELLISVILLE – There will be only so much the Jones County Junior College Bobcats can do for spring football practice this season.

Only 21 Bobcats are out for spring work, which began Monday afternoon at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field.

“It’s going to be a fun spring with no quarterback, one running back, no tight ends and no receivers here right now,” head coach Steve Buckley said prior to the opening practice. “But it’s going to be a good time for individual work on the offensive and defensive lines.”

Buckley said the Bobcats would maximize their time as best they could for the duration of spring practice.

“Obviously, it’s going to be a limited spring from a numbers standpoint,” he said. “We are looking for quality reps in every drill we do. We’ve got a few questions we’ve got to get answered in these three weeks.

“We will go with a lot of inside drills, 7-on-7 inside stuff and try to get a lot of quality work as far as individual techniques on the positions that we do have here right now.”

The Bobcats have 15 players out on defense and only six on offense, including five offensive linemen.

“We have a lot of kids on defense here right now that we feel will play a lot for us next year,” Buckley said. “Defensively, we want to come out with our terminology and everything intact.     Offensively from a numbers standpoint, it’s kind of like our first year here (two springs ago) – it’s an every other year cycle until we get our recruiting balanced. But, offensive line-wise, we think we’ve got five guys here who are really going to help us next year.”

JCJC is allotted 15 spring practices, but they will only go out Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for the next three weeks. The final session is scheduled for April 26.

“We are only going to use nine of those (15) right now,” Buckley said. “Our main objective is to come out of spring healthy and get about four or five questions answered. We think we know the answers to them, but we just want to make sure.”

The entire Bobcat team will report for the second session of summer school on July 8 and begin preparations for the 2018 season.

“We will have our whole team of 60 players here at that time,” Buckley said. “We will play catch up at that time and go from there.”

JCJC opens the season at home at 7 p.m. on Aug. 30 vs. Coahoma.