MOULTRIE -- The Colquitt County football team heads to camp at Valdosta State University on Sunday with a number of questions on defense it hopes to find at least partial answers to.
There are three starting jobs available in the secondary, depth needed at linebacker and defensive ends who must step forward to claim starting jobs.
Jermaine Buie has a cornerback position locked down and sophomore Byron Jordan is making a pitch to take over at free safety. But the two other jobs are up in the air.
Among the early leaders for the starting defensive end jobs vacated by graduated seniors Rob Cannon and Freddie Ponder are Antwain McDaniel, Demario Meyers and starting offensive guard Curtis Jackson.
Linebackers Will Southwell, Lee Henry, Jim Faircloth and Anterio McIntyre are battling for starting jobs, but defensive coordinator Jimmy Francis would like to see some others step forward.
One area where Francis has fewer concerns is at defensive tackle.
Not only does the group have All-Stater Isaac Jackson returning for his senior season, there are three other big players long on potential but short on experience available.
If those three -- seniors Bernard Grant, Walter Grier and Willie Lattimore -- develop as hoped, the Packers will be strong and versatile along the front.
Grant was listed in last year's football program as weighing 260 pounds. Grier was listed at 235. Lattimore weighed in at 240.
None got much playing time behind last year's starters, Jackson and Benji Alderman. But all three have to the potential to be Friday night performers this season, Francis said.
"We're hoping two of the three start," Francis said. "That will give us some flexibility."
Grant got some time on the field last season, but Grier has had knee problems the last two years that kept him from fulfilling his promise.
As a sophomore, he had knee surgery. Last year, more knee problems kept him sidelined for much of the season, although he did manage 1 1/2 sacks in limited playing time.
Lattimore spent last year learning the ropes, but head coach Mike Singletary has singled him out for his work ethic in the weight room.
If it appears the three is ready to heavy duty, Jackson could find himself in any of a number of places.
"We'd like to move Isaac around," Francis said. "We don't want people to know where he is."
Last year, there was little problem for anyone finding No. 98.
Many believed Jackson was the top defensive lineman in Region 1-AAAAA last season. He was second on the team in tackles and also contributed 4 1/2 sacks, three caused fumbles, two blocked field goals and recovered a fumble.
Jackson could play on the nose or even at defensive end, if needed. He also will be among those looked at as a long snapper and may find himself playing tight end in some situations.
This Week's Circulars
Robert Steven Cooper, 61, of Moultrie, passed away, Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at Tift Regional Medical Center. Cobb Funeral Chapel has been entrusted with arrangements. Please sign the online guestbook at www.cobbfuneralchapel.com.
Kennon Keith Moore, 59, of Moultrie, passed away Sunday, October 17, 2021, at South Georgia Medical Center. Arrangements have been entrusted to Baker Funeral Home.
Effie Hart Crosby, 100, of Winter Haven, FL, passed away Thursday, October 14, 2021, at her home. Arrangements have been entrusted to Baker Funeral Home.
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