Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Indians to Lean on Three Seniors Charlton Co. Lacks Experience

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Indians to Lean on Three Seniors Charlton Co. Lacks Experience

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Byline: Gary Keels, Times-Union correspondent

Nineteen players who played pivotal roles in Charlton County's drive to the 1999 Class A state title and 2000 Class AA semifinals are gone.

Coach Rich McWhorter's cupboard may not be bare, but there are certainly gaping holes. Just two defensive starters return.

The big three for the Indians will be 5-foot-10, 205-pound running back Lamar Williams and defensive linemen Cortez Reed (6-4, 205) and Norris Woods (6-0, 260). All three are seniors, and all are on the Times-Union's preseason Super 11 team.

Williams, barring injury, should break the school's all-time career rushing record of 3,573 yards, held by the Washington Redskins' Champ Bailey, early in the season. He had 934 yards last season, despite sitting out several games with an injury, and enters this year with 3,437. The four-year starter combines 4.4 speed with powerful legs that allow him to squat 550 pounds.

Reed, however, will not be at full strength early. The defensive stalwart had arthroscopic surgery on Aug. 1. McWhorter hopes he will be back in top form when the Region 2-AA schedule begins with the Indians' Sept. 28 visit to Irwin County.

Besides Williams, the only other offensive skill-position player with any significant experience is senior running back/linebacker Vincent Green (5-8, 165). Green filled in when Williams was injured last year.

Sophomore Jeremy Privett (6-1, 170) is one candidate to replace Bama Adams at quarterback. Privett suffered a broken ankle in the spring. If he's not able to go, McWhorter has senior Mark Smith (5-8, 150) waiting.

Though McWhorter has canceled plans to drop the I-formation in favor of split-back and one-back sets, the Indians' attack will have a new look this year.

"We're going to be more balanced than we have ever been between the run and the pass," the coach said of Charlton's previously ground-oriented offense. …

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