“He's a special player and is probably the best running back that we will see all year.”
Waldie said that he expects to see Luckett running out of a one-back set, flanked by double and triple (receivers) on the edge.
As good as Luckett is, he certainly is not the only stud on the Wildcat team.
“They (Palestine) have a D-I commit (Brian Thlang, Louisiana-Monroe) at left tackle and three returning starters on the O-line, so our young guys are going to be challenged all night.”
Waldie said that he was pleased with the defensive effort a week ago, but that his team has to eliminate the big play to be able to break into the win column.
By contrast, Palestine's defenders, led by TCU commit Jarrell Owens at outside linebacker, had 14 tackles for loss and forced five fumbles in the win over LaVega.
Jacksonville's offense racked up right at 500 total yards last week with quarterback Carter McCown throwing for 310 yards a touchdown.
McCown completed at least one pass to five different receivers, which could cause problems for the Wildcats secondary.
Datavian Thacker and Stacey Cummings proved steady at running back last week, with Claude Franklin and Cash Cleaver being McCown's primary targets.
“Defensively, Palestine is going to be fast and physical,” Indian offensive coordinator, San Brandt, said. “They fly to the ball well. Our young kids are improving each day and hopefully we have improved to the point of where we can beat Palestine. I know that we are in a better spot as a team than we were this time last week.”
As for the potential distraction of live television, Brandt said that he didn't believe that that would be a factor for his young men.
“Will we possibly be more nervous? Yes, maybe. But the system we run here is based on everyone doing their job and teamwork, so I don't really think we are going to have to worry about anyone attempting to showcase their individual talents (for television).”