MOULTRIE -- Two-time All-Region center C.A. Sanders has moved several yards to the right this season, but both he and his position coach say the change is a minor one.
Sanders has been lining his 5-foot-11, 280-pound body at right tackle for the Packers this year after being one of south Georgia's top snappers since he moved into a starting job as a sophomore.
Offensive line coach Scott Chafin says because a tackle blocks down most of the time, there is little in way of new technique that Sanders has to learn.
But the opportunity for the Packers to have a big, experienced lineman wearing out defensive ends and linebackers should be a bonus.
"We're looking for him to get a lot of tomahawk blocks, knocking them down," Chafin said. "He's got the size, strength and quickness .. all the qualities of playing offensive line in high school. And I foresee him playing next year at the next level."
Sanders says he had no trouble with the move to tackle, although because of his height, he is being recruited as a center. And he says the main difference in playing tackle is simply that he does not have to snap the football.
Both Sanders and Chafin say center is in the capable hands of junior Matthew Mobley, who will join tackle Tucker Jenkins and guards Curtis Jackson and Clark Duncan in a line that has much promise.
Chafin said Josh Fuller, Thomas Miller and Walt Clary are developing into capable backups.
Both Jackson and Sanders also are likely to see plenty of playing time on defense as well. And Sanders does not mind the extra snaps.
"I just have to be in shape," he said. "I just want to do what I have to do to help the team. I just don't want to have the kind of season we had last year."
If the Packers are to make the playoffs again after a year's absence, players such as Sanders will have to step forward.
"We're counting on C.A.," Chafin said. "I'm pushing him to be a leader. After being a two-time All-Region player, he has a responsibility to the other offensive lineman, the rest of the offense and to the other players on the team to be a leader.
"He leads by example. He can play."
NOTES: Running back Kenny Green, injured in an automobile accident on Monday, was transferred from Archbold Hospital to a hospital in Atlanta on Wednesday for treatment of a fractured hip and fractured ankle. ...
And ex-Packer Reggie Stancil has been named offensive coordinator and head baseball coach at Morrow High.
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