NEWPORT, AR (KAIT) - There will be a lot of familiar faces on the sidelines for Newport this season and that includes new head coach Mark Hindsley.
He was their defensive coordinator for the Greyhounds prior to this season and replaces Don Harrison as the head man. Harrison left the school to take over the helm of Lincoln.
The Hounds will also bring back the familiar face of star runningback Carl Turner, who has been a part of the team for the past four seasons. Turner will be coupled with fellow runningback Darrien Roddy in a backfield that is sure to turn heads quickly in 2015.
In order to get the most out of their backfield talent, Newport will be moving to a different offensive style. "In the past we've run a spread offense," said Hindsley, "We're going to go to more of a slot this season."
An emphasis on running obviously due to the talents of Turner and Roddy, but also the loss of the quarterback. They lose All-Conference Quarterback Gunnar Bullard who threw for more than 1,500 yards last season. The Greyhounds graduated a total of 14 players in May.
The backs are obviously pleased with the new style of play. "I mean the offense, it's much better because everybody can't key on me because I'm not the only one in the backfield," said Turner, "We have other weapons that we can use like Darrien Roddy and Ben Collier and I like this offense better than the spread because we can run more plays."
"It's good," said Roddy, "We do a little Wing T sometimes a spread. When we spread we want to throw it sometimes but we know we can run it and are going to run it."
The new head coach feels this is the best strategy to keep Newport's playoff streak alive. "You know you've got Carl and he's just a big body but then you've got Darrien Roddy who's a speedy guy that I've always called thunder and lightning because Carl's a big guy that's deceptively fast but then you've got Darrien Roddy who is one of the fastest kids in our conference that can just get by you pretty quick too."
Newport opens the 2015 season against Nettleton.