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Tigers show depth in QB position
Tiger quarterback Wilson Brown hands the ball to DeMario Day during practice. Tiger coach Jim Walsh Jr. said this spring they want to concentrate on becoming more physical during off-season training. - photo by By Patty Leon / Coastal Courier
According to head Tiger football coach Jim Walsh Jr. more than 100 promising prospects have turned up for spring football.
While it’s obvious that not all will make the final cut, the coach feels good about one of the most critical position on a football team.
“We are in pretty decent shape as far as quarterbacks,” he said.
Wilson Brown, who shined as a starting quarterback his freshman year, is back in a Tiger uniform after sitting out last season due to a knee injury. Trivon Williams, who took a few snaps last season, is scheduled to return to football once the Tigers’ baseball season ends.
They also have versatile players like Mike McGirt and DeMario Day returning. Both took some snaps from the center as well as playing receiver and running back positions.
Solidifying a key position like a quarterback will help the Tigers focus on weaker areas like the lines and blockers.
Walsh said his one area of concern is the lack of strength in some of his players.
“We want to try and toughen up these guys and get more physical,” he said.
Walsh said he felt the lack of strength has been a big factor in the Tigers’ last two seasons. He said it hurts them when they face the real tough teams they normally play in the first four games.       
Walsh said they are scoping out the players who showed up to see what positions they can play or where they may fit into the program. He said it helps to have several players returning with plenty of game experience.
“It makes you feel like you are not starting from scratch,” he said. “It’s definitely a benefit.”
The Tigers hit the weight room in the summer to pack on muscles they will need for the field.
“Skill-wise I’m very pleased with what I see,” the coach said. “We do need to shape up in our two interiors but we still have some kids out at state for track and baseball.”
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