Spring practice is often the time to answer questions about what a team will look like in the fall. The Cougars have more than their share of questions for the 2018 season. Gone are the powerhouses of the offense as the Zach Rutherford to Shawn Marcum connection are both graduating. The McGuyver of the team, Elijah Phillips, is gone as well. Who will replace them.
On Thursday the Sevier County Smokey Bears rolled up The Hill and took to Pat Kerr Field to battle the Cougars and hopefully answer some of these questions. Though it is too early to truly say that any questions were answered it looks like the pieces are already falling into place.
Landon Addington looked good throwing the ball and seems to be poised to be the offensive signal caller. Preston Bowman, who actually had a good year at wide receiver last season, looks as if he is ready to step into the role of top ball catcher. Drew Jordan had touchdown reception from Addington as well. Eric Hopper is also looking strong on defense. Brennon Byrge had a fumble recovery that likely would have gone for a touchdown in a game situation but the play was blown dead. Riley Wallace is on pace to have a record breaking season at kicker
The Cougars were missing a couple of important pieces during the scrimmage. Javan McCulley injured his knee early in spring practice but will hopefully be back by the time the season starts. Jordan Tolliver was also out for the scrimmage.
As many may not realize the Cougar junior varsity program has been reloading the team as the seniors graduate. This year seems to be more of the same. Joseph Paul came in to relieve Addington at quarterback and had a rushing touchdown. Cahron WIlliams had a great run after a screen pass and broke several tackles on the way to the endzone.
There is also an impressive group of freshman that we have not seen coming from the middle schools.
Though there are several questions waiting for answers it looks like the answers will be positive ones.