PIGSKIN PREVIEW: Players to watch
By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector
Friday, August 17, 2018
* Webb has received preseason praise from head coach Paul Cornwell for his work ethic as the Chargers look to build on last season’s even 6-6 record in the Eastern Carolina 2-A Conference.
* He should see an increase in touches in the Ayden-Grifton run game as a junior, looking to utilize his speed to outrun defenders and become the team’s mainstay rusher for the next two seasons.
* Webb has shown the ability to not only terrorize defenses as a tailback, but he also has the skills to track balls through the air in the secondary and create big plays while playing cornerback.
* As a junior, Johnson totaled 31 total touchdowns and 1,547 yards on 68 receptions, outpacing Conley’s second-leading receiver by 808 yards (Jaquavion Bridges, 739 yards).
* Johnson averaged 119 receiving yards per game as a junior in 2017. Bridges held second in the category at a distant 61.6 yards per game.
* Johnson committed to East Carolina University on May 17. He joined a trend that saw many other local prospects commit to the Pirate program and will join former teammate and QB Holton Ahlers when he becomes a Pirate.
* At 315 pounds, Everett is the anchor of the Jaguars’ defense, forcing his way into opposing backfields and serving as a constant threat to alter passes and opposing running attacks.
* Everett’s talents also landed him with the East Carolina football program as, like Johnson, he announced during the offseason he will stay in Pitt County, picking ECU over a host of other interested schools.
* The defensive end will be the leader of the Jaguars in 2018. While not very vocal, his presence is one of a leader and one the team rallies around, and his presence will require game-planning by opponents.
* On a Rose team that finished 3-8 and missed the playoffs, Harris nonetheless stood out as the only Rampants receiver to top 1,000 yards in 2017, finishing with 1,054.
* As a junior, Harris found the end zone 12 times, also a team high. His 1,000-yard campaign was built on consistency; he averaged 105 yards per game.
* The 6-foot-4 Harris will form a formidable pairing with fellow outside receiver Wesley Shade, also 6-4, and the Rampants could utilize their length to help create big plays.
* Perhaps the most versatile and busy player on the field no matter who has the ball or what the situation, the multi-talented Cox will act as a key receiver on offense, a safety on defense and will even be the Panthers’ punter.
* Cox is one of the tallest players on the Panthers, listed at 6-foot-1, giving him an advantage both in battling coverage to make big catches on offense, but also to help erase opponent receivers on defense.
* At Panthers practices, it is Cox who has become the vocal leader for the team, leading the unit from the front during drills and conditioning this preseason.
Defensive end/wide receiver
* As a junior, Lewis accounted for 55 total tackles, including 20 solo stops and 35 assisted, to help the Falcons’ defense complement their offense and form a playoff team.
* The edge pressure created by Lewis’ combination of speed and power helped to lead the Falcons defense, and he recorded a team-high four sacks for a total net loss of 41 yards.
* Lewis joined other high profile-recruits in committing to East Carolina during the offseason, joining Everett, Johnson and recent commit Traveon Freshwater (Elizabeth City Northeastern) as members of a loaded ECU 2019 class.