Coach Eddie Pierce is using preseason drills to find a starting quarterback. He has three young men vying for the number one job.
Pierce said, "We have Cleveland Ford, who actually started at free safety for us last year. Rhodes Walker and Jaidon Evans.
All three are actually pretty close to equal reps right now. So, we're just going to see how it all pans out."
Besides looking for one quarterback to jump to the forefront, coach Pierce has to replace key players along the offensive line.
"Offense, we were kind of decimated by graduation, "stated Pierce. "Our offensive line, we've really got one guy coming back that started. We've got one guy coming back that played a little."
If the offensive line can come together, senior running back Dion Cole is ready to pick up from where he left off last season. Cole is a hard nosed running back. It takes a host to players to bring him down to the turf. Cole rushed for over 12-hundred yards in 2014.
Cole said, "This year I want to reach 2,000 yards rushing. That's my main goal. Just look forward to do it every time I go out onto the field."
6-2, 215 pound tight end Adarius Craft is back for his senior campaign and once he catches the football, he can take it to the house.
The Admirals have a strong defensive line, one that can plug up the running lanes and in the defensive backfield, keep an eye on No. 11, Alton Conerly. The 6-1 176 pound senior has a nose for the football. He will also see playing time at wide receiver.
Cole says his teammates rely on him to provide leadership on and off the field.
"As a defense, they look at me to set the tone, "said Conerly. "When I set the tone it looks like everybody around us, we play like a team. We're loud, we're physical and it starts with me."
The Admirals play in the rough and tough Region 4-6A ranks and if the offense can fill some crucial, Gulfport should be in the hunt.
Gulfport opens the 2015 season August 21st facing St. Stanislaus in game two of the Shrimp Bowl at 8:15 at Milner Stadium. Biloxi and Long Beach battle in game one beginning at five.
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