BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Head coach John Shannon knows offense. He was an offensive coordinator for years in the college ranks before taking over the Indians football fortunes.
One of his assignments during preseason training camp, find a new starting quarterback.
Coach Shannon says Blake Johnson is vying for the starting role. He's a 5-foot-11, 185 pound junior.
6-foot-1, 180 pound senior Damion May can rifle the football and is primed-and-ready to step into the starting role if called on.
Shannon said,"Blake who was the backup to Jaylen last year had game experience when Jaylen got banged up came in the second half so he has the most experience. He's the front-runner." He added, "We have Damion May and Taylor Creel, two other backups who are battling. We're not going to name a starter until we get into game week."
The Indians are rock-solid at running back. Danny Lewis led the Indians on the ground, capable of finding the end zone from any place on the football turf.
Devoriae Martin is back. In 2011, the 5-foot-9, 190 pound Martin helped Biloxi run off 10 wins and 3 losses with his quickness and blazing speed. He was forced to sit out the entire 2012 season, after suffering a knee injury.
"Devoriae is back. You know he missed last year because of the knee injury. He had a good spring, had a good summer for us," Shannon said. Danny Lewis stepped in last year and had over a thousand yards. We have two really good backs and we'll see Danny and Devoriae split out of the backfield and we'll use them as receivers as well as running backs."
JaMarkus Watkins, Devante Charles, Javon Coleman and Kweisi Fountain are vying for playing time at the wide receiver slots, after the Indians graduated Scott Austin and Tevaris McCormick.
Defensively Raekwon McClellan, a 6-foot, 250 pound defensive end will lead the Indians assault.
Coach Shannon says he wants McClellan to pick up his pace and become a dominating defensive player.
Shannon stated,"He was voted team captain by the players last week. We expect a lot out of Raekwon this year. He's a two-year starter for us."
Junior kicker Grayson Pontius is capable of delivering a game winning field goal and could be the difference in the close games.
Pontius said,"I'm been practicing a lot more, staying after practice, hitting more kickoffs, working on my steps and accuracy."
Coach Shannon believes his team can vie for the Region 4-6A title despite having a young team. He wants those younger players to gain valuable experience in the early going and by the time region play kicks off , he expects Biloxi will be in the hunt.
Biloxi entertains Gautier Friday night in a jamboree game, before traveling to Gulfport on August 23rd facing Bay High in the Shrimp Bowl.
Tyler Bouldin and I will return with the "Friday Night Football Showdown" this Friday at 10:35... 30-minutes of game highlights, the Coach of the Week Spotlight. a cheerleading segment and other features.