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2017 Team Preview – Martin Luther King Golden Cougars (12)

Written by: on Monday, August 21st, 2017. Follow David Mika on Twitter.

 

Head Coach: Edward Dunn Jr. (Offensive Coordinator/WR)

Assistant Coaches:

Jermaine Mercer, (Defensive Coordinator)
Jonathan Hoffmeier, (Defensive Line/JV Head Coach)
Malik Jones, (Defensive Backs/Special Teams Coord.)
Nate Nixon, (Line Backers)
Kirk Stehman, (Offensive Line)
Ezra Howard, (Quarterbacks)
Jordan Alexander, (Defensive Line)
Chris Bowman, (Defensive Backs)
Robert Hunter, (Running Backs)

Team Name: Martin Luther King Golden Cougars

2016 Record: 4-6 (4-3 League)

2017 Schedule:

Key Starters lost:
Demetrius Smith RB/DB, KeSean Patterson WR/DB, Keohn Davis QB/K, Jean Francois DE, Shaquan Jones DB, Jermaine Dabney OL/LB, Christopher Crump DB

Offensive Starters Returning: (6)
(14) Sr. WR Miles James, 6’1″ 175
(2) Jr. WR Isaiah Allen, 5’10” 160
(64) Sr. OG OJay Harris 6’4″ 275
(62) Jr. OG Jordan Bibbs 6’1″ 250
(85) Sr. TE Kwaali Freeman-Allen 6’2″ 190
(11) Jr. WR Al’Mahi Ali 5’11” 170

Defensive Starters Returning: (7)
(52) Sr. DT Michael Samuels 6’0″ 290
(85) Sr. OLB Kwaali Freeman-Allen 6’2″ 190
(28) Sr. S Dysheane Lee 6’0″ 170
(74) Sr. DT Oryan Lee 6’4″ 270
(40) Soph. LB Henzloy McFarlane 6’0″ 200
(23) Soph. DB Tyrell Mims 5’10” 160
(45) Jr. LB DaQuon Thorington 6’1″ 195

Special Team Starters Returning: (6)
(85) Sr. OLB Kwaali Freeman-Allen, 6’2″ 190
(62) Jr. OG Jordan Bibbs, 6’1″ 250
(14) Sr. WR Miles James, 6’1″ 175
(11) Jr. WR Al’Mahi Ali, 5’11” 170
(2) Jr. WR Isaiah Allen, 5’10” 160
(45) Jr. LB DaQuon Thorington 6’1″ 195

Key Newcomers: (8)
Sr. WR Qaadir Dixon, 5’11” 160
Jr. QB Saleem Dixon, 6’2″ 185
Jr. LB D’Andre Andrews, 5’9″ 210
Jr. LB Quasim Wilford, 6’0″ 190
Fr. OT Jacorey McKeever, 6’2″ 220
Sr. DB Sean Williams 5’8″ 155
Sr. DB Jabree Morrison 5’8″ 150
Sr. DE Edward Wood 6’3″ 210

 

D1 (FBS & FCS) Prospects: (3)

Sr. DT Michael Samuels 6’0″ 290
Sr. WR/DB Miles James 6’1″ 175
Jr. WR Isaiah Allen, 5’10” 160

2017 Outlook:
“With significant additions to our coaching staff and strong player leadership, we are extremely excited about the coming season. Our athletes have invested countless hours in our revamped off-season program which included a significant showing from alumni giving back to the program. Culturally, this group’s cohesion rivals that of our 2013 Championship squad if not better.”

Offense:
“Offensively, we return a great deal of youth from last year’s squad to our spread offense. A year of experience has done wonders for our off season program and guys getting a jump start on the 2017 season.”

Defense:
“Defensively we lost alot of talent to graduation, but we have some credible returners and transfers competing for spots in an open lineup. We are much further than we were at this time last season, and that is because of the buy in and solid off season.”

Special Team:
“Losing All-League Kicker and Punter is always a tough task, but we have had a few guys step up and are competing to be a viable replacement. We look to replace all returners from last season, but the general competitiveness of this group gives our coaching staff the impression that we can be as good if not better than last year.

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