Despite the chatter he has heard about what his team lost to graduation, West Meck coach Jeff Caldwell is confident the Hawks will be able to compete for a SoMeck 8 conference championship.
Its not as bad as what people think it is, Caldwell said of the losses of quarterback Jalan McClendon and running back Shaun Wilson, now with N.C. State and Duke, respectively. If they read too much of the paper, they will be disappointed.
On Fridays first official practice of the season, Caldwell made note of the athleticism and depth of a young group featuring several incoming transfers. One of the Hawks top returning players is defensive back Domenique Williams. It was a big day for the senior, who committed to play for Princeton prior to practice.
Princeton, I feel at home there, Williams said. I like the DB coach we had a good connection. Theyre also Ivy League, so you cant beat the education.
Ronald Porter, a junior transfer from Mallard Creek, and fellow junior Malcolm Rogers have been splitting reps at quarterback. Caldwell said he expects to start the season with both players getting reps under center.
One big target for whoever runs the offense will be Victor Harris, a 6-foot-5 wide receiver who transferred to West Meck from Phillip O . Berry Academy.
The West Meck defense will be led by defensive coordinator Ben McGarrity, who joins the Hawks after a stint at Providence Day. McGarrity, who coached with Caldwell when both were assistants at Olympic in 2006, will oversee a scheme shift from a 4-2-5 to a 4-3, Cover 2 defense.
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