MOULTRIE -- For new Colquitt County offensive coordinator Paul Callahan, it must have been bittersweet watching Sam Heath and Sherard Reynolds trot out to the practice field for Wednesday's third day of spring football drills.
Having the two players available meant the Packers baseball team failed to qualify for the state playoffs.
But it also meant that two 2003 offensive starters -- Heath at quarterback and Reynolds at halfback, wingback, wide receiver -- were back for the final seven days of practice.
Not that Reynolds, Heath and Callahan are unfamiliar with each other. Callahan worked closely will both last season as a Packers offensive assistant.
But as the offensive coordinator, taking over for the departed Phillip Richards, Callahan will have some wrinkles that the veterans as well as the newcomers will need to become accustomed to.
And one of the areas that Callahan has identified as a place the Packers need to improve is in the passing game.
Colquitt threw for just 558 yards and six touchdowns last season.
"We're not going to sling it all over the place," Callahan said. "But we need to be able to pass more effectively. And that means receivers, protection, everybody. We want to be able to take advantage of what the defense gives us."
Heath will inherit the job he held last fall as a sophomore. But while he was with the baseball team on Monday and Tuesday, rising sophomore Channing Hudson had a chance to get plenty of repetitions.
"He had two good days," Callahan said of Hudson. "We want there to be some competition there."
Callahan and offensive line coach Scott Chafin also will try to find two new offensive tackles to replace departed seniors Tucker Jenkins and C.A. Sanders.
Reid Singletary, Walt Clary, Marcus Stancil, Antonio Sutton and Kyle Allyn are among those vying for the starting positions.
With Danny Butts and Curtis Jackson -- two of the team's three top rushers last season -- gone, Callahan will try to rebuild the running game as well.
The top four candidates -- Reynolds, Kelvin Watts, Orion Ponder and Tracy Brown -- will get plenty of work this spring.
Reynolds is a known quantity after rushing for 507 yards and five touchdowns last season. He also was team's leading receiver and scorer with eight touchdowns.
Brown rushed for 198 yards and a pair of touchdowns last season and Watts had 111 yards and also returned a kickoff for a touchdown.
Ponder touched the ball just once as a freshman last fall, but ran 29 yards for a touchdown against Lee County
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