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Football preview: Lennard


Published:   |   Updated: August 28, 2013 at 08:32 AM

If a college scout were to ask Lennard seniors Tre Jones and Danny Cooper what positions they play, they might get a longer answer than they anticipated.

Not only is Jones a starting defensive back, but is also the third-string quarterback, receiver, kick returner and punt returner. Cooper, who will play linebacker and free safety, is also the backup quarterback and backup tight end.

“Danny and Trey are team-first guys, always working hard and show up first and leave last,” Lennard coach Keith Chattin said.

Together in the secondary, Cooper and Jones form a solid duo.

“We have our sides locked down,” Jones said. “We can communicate with each other where we don’t have to talk, we can just give each other a look.”

SUPPLY

Hunger

Lennard has not had a winning season since the school opened in 2006. In 2010, the team finished 5-5, its best record. Last season, the Longhorns finished 0-10 and were outsocred 373-73. Now in his second year as head coach, Keith Chattin is noticing a desire to turn things around.

“From 14 months ago to now, we’re a different program,” he said.

A huge help for Chattin’s new direction was the return of 14 players from last year’s team.

“This year will be the change,” senior defensive back Tre Jones said. “Everybody has bought into the process. We’ll win some games this year and put Lennard on the map.”

Offensive lineman

Sophomore Rowdy Driggers started as a freshman last season on the offensive and defensive line. At 6-foot-3, 285 pounds, Chattin is expecting Driggers to be a lead blocker at left tackle and to clog the middle on defense. As an underclassmen, he quickly earned his teammates respect.

“He grew mentally over the past year,” Jones said. “Being a freshman on varsity, he stepped up big time mentally.”

DEMAND

Win early

If the Longhorns are to change the losing history of the program, this year’s team needs to win and win early to gain momentum.

“We need to win when it counts,” Chattin said.

Leadership

Though he has 14 returning players, Chattin has yet to find a guy who will lead the charge.

“We have some good guys and some young kids but we need someone to step up and take leadership,” he said. “We have to mold and progress.”

Schedule

Aug. 30: East Bay

Sept. 6: King

Sept. 12: at Chamberlain

Sept. 20: Blake

Sept. 27: at Hillsborough

Oct. 4: Robinson

Oct. 11: at Jefferson

Oct. 18: Armwood

Oct. 25: at Leto

Nov. 1: at Spoto

Roster

No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.

2 Travis Dean TE/LB Jr.

3 Diontae Johnson QB 6-0 170 Jr.

5 Danny Cooper QB Sr.

6 Darron Daniel FB/FS Sr.

9 Grant Farley RB/CB Jr.

11 Corey Hicks WR/DB Jr.

15 Justen Brooks QB/CB Jr.

16 Julian Johnson WR/FS Jr.

18 Derek Hawkins WR/CB So.

20 Terrence Bell FB/LB Sr.

21 Sanders Malik RB/CB Sr.

23 Jakory Dozier FB/LB Sr.

27 Xavier McBean RB/CB Jr.

28 Orlando James Jr. WR/CB Jr.

30 Dawan Carter TE/DE Jr.

35 Josh Lee LB Sr.

36 Gustavo Gamez FB/DL Jr.

45 Anthony Nelson FB/LB So.

51 Zach Coldiron OL/DL Jr.

55 Cedeno Joe OL/DL Jr.

57 Sean Coldiron OL/DL So.

61 Ramon Rivera OL/DL Jr.

63 Rashad Payne OL/DL Sr.

72 Jaykob Hafer OL/DL Jr.

75 Rowdy Driggers OL/DL So.

86 Robert Andrade WR/CB Sr.

88 Brian Nelson WR/CB Jr.

89 Javoni Johnson QB/CB So.

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