Jonesboro only has about 55 players in fall camp compared to the usual 80 players. Head coach Randy Coleman stresses that his team needs to stay healthy because of the depth issues. However, Coleman remains confident that he has a strong team. "Expectations and goals are always to win a state championship," Coleman said.
The big story surrounding the Hurricane is its quarterback competition. All-State Quarterback Carson Coats graduated last year and three sophomores will battle for the starting position.
"A.J. Aycock who is going to be number five. You know he's 6*3 180, kind of the prototypical you know pocket quarterback. Big arm. Tyson Williams who is number four I call him a flat liner because you know nothing gets him worked up. He's even keeled all the time. And then there's Tyler Darr who passing just arm mechanics and all that he's really good. He can make all the throws," Randy Coleman said.
Whoever wins the job will have four offensive linemen and Ke'dren Brunson back as their main target. Brunson was an all-conference receiver after catching 45 passes for eight scores and 662 yards. Senior Kylon Tate also returns in the backfield after rushing for 349 yards and six touchdowns in 2014.
But the Jonesboro defense will only return three starters. "Everybody's doubting us because we have young safeties and we have inexperienced corners and linebackers coming over from offense and never played the position. But we're ready and we want to show the world what we can do," Jonesboro senior linebacker DeAngelo Crawford said.
The Hurricane have established a rich football tradition. Jonesboro has made four straight state semifinals. But the Hurricane want to take the next step and go all the way.
"Every team that's been here had the motive to make it to the playoffs and get to the semifinals. We want to get over. Everybody's said but I think this year we can do it," Crawford said. "We have to have the motive to get over the hump like every year we would just fall short sometimes but I just feel that this is the year to get over the hump," Brunson said.
Jonesboro opens its season against Valley View at Centennial Bank Stadium on September 4th in the annual Border Bowl.
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