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Panthers add experienced defensive line coach to staff
Coach Jones - photo by Photo by Classic One Hour Photo
The Liberty County Panthers added a new defensive line coach to the staff this season, bringing in 35 years of coaching experience to the table.
Quillie Jones joined the Panthers in the spring. He spent 32 years in Jacksonville where he coached for Raines High School, the high school that has produced the most NFL players to date. There he won a state title and only missed the playoffs one season. Later, Jones coached at Brunswick High and Camden County before landing the job with the Panthers. Jones lettered four years at Raines and was an All-American at Morehouse College during his playing years.
Jones said he focuses on academics as well as football and considers the current defensive line small, but very aggressive and coachable.
"We have some work to do but they are coming along and they working so hard and because of their work ethics, I've grown to love them," Jones said. "They love the game and they want to win."
He said his squad is good listeners and he is excited about their possibilities as they progress in the season.
He said what happens in the classroom usually gets carried onto the field and stresses the importance of academics in order to be smart in the game and in life.
"If you're a fool in Russia you're a fool in China," he said. "The beautiful thing about the state of Georgia is that if you maintain a 3.0, you can go to a division one school on an academic scholarship. I stress to the players that you are not guaranteed to go division one. There is nothing wrong with division two but you have to get the grades up and don't let people look at you and think you are nothing but a jock.”
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