Running backs seem to be in demand this spring. At least that’s the way things are going at Southeast and Braden River High during the first week of spring football practice.
New Braden River head coach Don Purvis will be busy this spring trying to find a replacement for Tevin Bryant, who was basically the Pirates entire running game last year.
Headed to Western Kentucky, Bryant finished second in the area and first among public school running backs in ’09 with 1,604 yards on 288 carries for 133.7 yard per game. The team rushed for a total of 2,210 yards.
Bryant also accounted for 16 of the Pirates 26 rushing touchdowns and caught 8 passes for 89 yards, which tied for third most receptions on the team.
Southeast is looking at defensive stalwarts Desmond Blue and Brian Poole to perhaps the carry the load and the ‘Noles head coach Paul Maechtle also has some speedsters with little to no experience, who could wind up being the main ball carrier.
Things might be a little easier for Maechtle because he has a solid, experienced passing game led by quarterback Dyron Speight and receiver Bo Brand, both entering their third year as starters.