By EDDY GIFFORD
The 2022-23 school year is still several months away but Wolverine football is already preparing for the upcoming season. Spring practice is underway, and you will have a chance to see them in action on Friday, May 20 when they host Southeast Whitfield at 7:30 p.m.
Wolverine football coach Jeff Poston gives the following preview of what you might expect to see as they are working hard preparing for another successful season.
The Dade County football team is in the middle of spring practice as they begin their march toward the 2022 football season. The Wolverines are looking to replace a few key players who will graduate on May 27th.
The good news is starting quarterback Brody Cooper is back along with fellow rising senior Zeke Wheeler. The offensive line returns some key players as well with Andrew Buffington, Zac Counts, and Landon Williams returning as starters from the 2021 season. Gabriel Yarbrough and Grayson Cates are expected to fill holes left by last year’s all region players Isaac Pangle and Austin Sorrelle.
Replacing Cayden Cooper and Cody Williams at running back will be one of the focal points this spring. Braylon Sullivan, Evan Koger, and Brandon Willerson will get looks at running back, while Caleb Massey, Levi Moreland and Nick Eacret will be expected to fill the shoes of Brodie Swader at receiver.
Defensively the Wolverines are returning Eli Kimball and Lucas Costley at defensive end but will be searching for defensive tackles to replace Pangle, Dakota Whitmore, and Tyler Williams. The linebacking core will only return Landon Williams as a starter as All Region players Cody Williams and Xander Lynch both graduate. Jax Guinn, Solomon Doe, Braylon Sullivan, and Zeke Wheeler will all get looks, as well as rising sophomores Gavin Childress and Ryker Stanley. The secondary will be in good shape as Carter Christiansen, Kade Pardue, and Nick Pell all saw significant time there last year. Caleb Massey and Demetrius Walker will also help out at safety when they are not on offense.
“Honestly, we have several kids who have worked hard in the weight room and have earned a right to get a shot. Grant Moore and Nick Eacret are two kids who will help us a ton, and they have done everything the right way in the off season. I am excited to see what they can do. To be honest this spring is about getting as many reps for as many kids as possible, so we can see exactly what their potential may be. We have to find ways to rest kids and limit the number who play both ways. I would like to have 22 starters, but I do not know if we can pull that off.”
The Wolverines host Southeast Whitfield on May 20th at 7:30. Come out and get an early look at the 2022 Wolverine football team.