Things learned at Nile C. Kinnick football camp
Sixth in a series of quick hits on high school football practices around the Pacific.
Running backs, quarterbacks and receivers grab the headlines, but most high school coaches say that without a line in front to protect the passer and create space for those skills players to do their thing, the offense doesn’t work.
Sixth-year Nile C. Kinnick coach Dan Joley says he’s optimistic that his group of linemen, a mostly veteran bunch averaging 250 pounds tackle-to-tackle, can ably set the stage. It’s a matter of whether all the parts can gel and a young roster can grow quickly enough for the Red Devils to challenge for at least a share of their third straight DODDS Japan title and reach their first Far East Division I title-game berth.
Among the youngsters is junior running back Chauncey Jamerson, who’s been living in the shadow of two-time Pacific rushing champion Dre Paylor the past couple of seasons. With Paylor having transferred to Nebraska, Jamerson will battle for a backfield spot along with junior Dwayne Lyon and sophomore Harry Cheng, among others.
It’s definitely a youthful Kinnick roster. Only eight seniors can be found among the 70 or so total players who’ve turned out for Red Devils football. About 40 will suit up for the junior varsity.
Kacey Walker lines up in the shotgun as quarterback of Kinnick’s read-option offense. Though young, Joley says Walker is getting the hang of the intricacies of the offense.
It’s also something of an international roster. Daniel Moran, a sophomore, will likely do placekicking duty. He’s a soccer player who spent time playing for the junior national team in El Salvador, from where he transferred over the summer.