40 Teams in 40 Days – Day 4 – Coatesville (1)
Jordan Young returns at quarterback. He started last year as a sophomore. Young is a dual threat quarterback that can run the ball and look for him to do more of that this year. He’s a big kid at 6-foot-2, 200-pounds and is very physical. With a year under his belt he should be more comfortable running the offense this year.
“He played running back his whole life and we converted him to quarterback last year. It was his first year playing quarterback and this year he should be more comfortable. We are hoping to open up the offense this year.”
The main running back this year will be Jalen Hudson and he’s a senior. He was a slot receiver last year for the Red Raiders. He has been a running back his whole life and this year they are putting him back at running back where he’s more comfortable.
The other guy is Jordan Young and he will be a big part of the running game too this year.
“Those two players will be the big two in our running game this year.”
We also have some younger guys in the mix and we will know more as the season gets closer.
The strength of Coatesville’s offense may be at wide receiver and tight end positions. They have a lot of experience coming back.
“We have a lot of talent coming back at these positions. That is a big thing for us, which is getting us back to our roots again. We will do a little more no huddle like we did two years ago.”
Jay Stocker returns at wide receiver. Jay was wide receiver of the year in our conference last year. He is a guy that runs crisp routes and has tremendous speed. He has separation speed and great hands. He plays physical at wide receiver just like on defense.
Amir Eally is our returning tight end. He’s a big athletic tight end.
“Amir has over 11 offers and he’s a guy we are going to use at the H-Back position and move him around.”
Another guy returning with some experience is Jimmy Clark.
Keenan Coleman is another guy to keep an eye on. He did play some receiver last year.
“Keenan is really going to be on everyone’s radar at some point. He’s going to be a very good slot receiver and will be a huge addition for us.”
The offensive line is a question mark going into the 2014 season. There are two kids returning from our team last year. Derrick Maroski has played for the Red Raiders for three years and Nate Luvice is the other kid.
Tony Franklin, Christian Bermudez, Sam Tompkins, Isaiah Williams, William Cubbage and a few others are fighting for the remaining spots.
“We have eight guys that will battle for the three remaining spots. We just don’t know right now who our five guys will be.”
The defensive line is the other question mark going into the 2014 season. Amir Eally is the only guy that returns with some experience on the line.
“We lost a lot of guys from last year’s team. It’s going to be a work in progress.”
Steve Lentz, Javon Sampson, Wes McGuire, Tyler Brown and some of the offensive guys I talked about will battle for playing time on the line.
Their returning middle linebacker is Steve Pawling. He’s a three-year starter. The battle at Will linebackers is between Chris Jordan and Tanner Stokes. They both have very little experience.
At the Sam position you may see Jay Stocker there or Nick Tucci.
In the secondary at free safety is Ricky Southcott. He’s a returning player.
If Jay Stocker isn’t playing linebacker they are going to move him to the hatchet position, which is the strong safety position.
Jordan Young will play safety. Ed Clark is an upcoming rising sophomore to keep an eye on and may get some playing time.
At corner they have Ahkeema Evans returns and he is a Temple commit. The other corner spot is a battle between three really good players. They are Kevin Kirk, Steve Pugh and Nasir Newton.
“My strength on defense is my secondary. We return a lot of experience back and some division one talent back there. We just have to find some guys to fill some of the other spots on defense. But, we have a lot of speed in the secondary.”
Special teams Preview:
The kick returners will be Jalen Hudson, Ahkeema Evans, Keenan Coleman and Jay Stocker should all see time.
The same group will do the punt returns.
Jordan Young will be our punter this year.
Head Coach: Matt Ortega
2013 Record: 9-2
Key Starters Lost: Daquan Worley and Tyler Burke
Offensive Players Returning: (8) QB Jordan Young, RB Jalen Hudson, WR Jay Stocker, TE Amir Eally, WR Jimmy Clark, WR Keenan Coleman, OL Derrick Maroski, OL Nate Luvice
Defensive Players Returning: (#) DL Amir Eally, LB Steve Pawling, S Ricky Southcott, CB Ahkeema Evans
D1 (FBS & FCS) Prospects: Amir Eally and Jay Stocker
2014 Outlook: We have talent coming back, but we have some whole’s to fill. Our goals are always going to be the same.
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