PERKINSTON, MS (WLOX) - In the junior college football ranks teams are always looking for new faces to take over starting roles. Half the team usually graduates every season and it gives an opportunity for young men to step up and step into a starting role.
In 2015 the Gulf Coast Bulldogs reached the MACJC championship game and posted an 8-3 season. The Bulldogs under head coach Chad Huff were ranked eighth in the nation and should extend a streak of 141 straight weeks in the NJCAA top 20 in 2016.
After the first day of spring football practice coach Huff were on the positive side.
Huff said, "I thought it was a good crisp day. I thought the kids competed, which was good to see. There were several mistakes on both sides of the football, but I thought overall with the tempo, the attitudes and the coach ability, it was a productive day."
He was happy to see the overall effort especially by the defense. Huff said there were a few more turnovers than what he would have liked.
Three players are vying for the top job at quarterback, including Tulsa transfer Jabe Burgess. He joins returnees Tyler Allen and Larry Sisson in the race to be number one.
"On the defensive line, we've got a lot of bodies, which is good to have, "stated Huff. "With the offensive line having a bunch of guys back, it's big. Anytime you have an offensive line and defensive line this time of year in junior college, you've got a chance to have a practice, simulate a team period and give everybody a chance to get good looks."