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Lobos relying on new faces in spring

By Jimmy Carter jcarter@news-journal.com
April 23, 2013 at 10 p.m.


Longview has a lot of holes to try to fill as spring football practice starts today.

The Lobos return just three full-time starters on defense and four on offense after losing an experienced senior class. Spring practice will be a proving ground for underclassmen and backups to prove they are capable of stepping up and contributing in the fall.

The following players could be poised for big seasons after playing different positions, not playing or playing sparingly last year.

<strong>1. CB Chris Coby, SR, 6-0, 155</strong>

Coby could be in for a big senior year after playing as a backup safety and handling punting duties last season.

He had 27 tackles and an interception in limited playing time last year, but has impressed coaches with his ball skills and length since making the move to corner during offseason workouts. He enters the spring as a starter and could give Longview a much-needed physical presence to match up with opposing No. 1 receivers.

<strong>2. WLB Jaylon Jackson, JR, 5-11, 197</strong>

Jackson has the tough task of trying to replace graduating senior DeMarkus Lathan, who was a two-time all-state selection and finished his career with more than 400 tackles in three seasons.

Jackson might have better physical skills than his predecessor, but spring practice will be important for him to hone his instincts and grow into the position after alternating between linebacker and defensive end last fall. He made 33 tackles on special teams and in mop-up duty as a sophomore, production the coaching staff hopes he can build on heading into the fall.

<strong>3. OL Broderick Washington, JR, 6-2, 285</strong>

Longview has to replace three graduating senior offensive linemen and Washington is an overwhelming favorite to fill one of those spots.

He'll start spring at left tackle, but could move to guard if players behind him step up. His size and strength make him a promising young talent if he can continue to develop throughout the spring and summer.

<strong>4. FB/DT Marquiese Hunter, SR, 5-11, 230</strong>

Hunter can play both sides of the ball.

He will start spring practice at fullback, but could move to the defensive line, likely inside, if others step up at fullback. Longview won't have as big and physically-imposing of a defensive line as it did last year, but Hunter changing positions could go a long way toward helping the Lobos' defensive front.

<strong>5. DT Dillon Winn, SR, 5-10, 217</strong>

Winn will start the spring at nose guard, a position manned by Cornelius Williams last season.

That figures to be a tough pair of shoes to fill. Williams was a multi-year starter and outweighed Winn by more than 70 pounds.

Winn could be a candidate to move to end if another player, like junior Qydarius Washington, steps up at tackle or if Hunter makes the move to defense. Either way, Winn should be a contributing member of the defense in the fall.

<strong>HONORABLE MENTION</strong>

OG Sheddrick Borens - SR, 5-9, 304

TE Antonio Carter - JR, 6-2, 174

OG Tony Clark - SR, 5-9, 266

MLB Kaddarrius Dixon - SR, 5-7, 171

CB Jhavaurian Moore - SR, 5-7, 176

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