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August 12, 2013

Coach Taber on Indians 'I like our depth this year...but we're going to have to grow up quickly'


JACKSONVILLE — Indians add quarterback coach and get services of former JT assistant

Jacksonville has added an offensive assistant this year, with former Luling High School offensive coordinator Logan Cordes being hired as the Tribe's quarterback coach.

Indian defensive coordinator Mike Waldie and assistant coach Mike Eckles also previously worked at Luling, prior to arriving on the reservation last season.

“We wanted to bring Logan in last year and it just didn't work out,” Taber said. “We are excited about having him up here now and by him working with the quarterbacks, that will free me up to be able to float around and help out where ever I'm needed during a game, so it really gives us more coaching flexibility.”

Another new assistant coach that Taber spoke highly of is Gerald Norman, a 2003 graduate of John Tyler High School, who went on to become a defensive assistant at his alma mater.

“Gerald Norman comes from a big time program and I like the fact that he knows how to win,” Taber said.”He's come in here and has meshed well with our staff.”

Norman will handle the defensive secondary, taking over for Corey Spoon, who accepted a job at North Forney High School during the off season.

Taber said that he has also promoted Morgan Guidry and Colby Jackson from the Jacksonville Middle School coaching staff.

“Coach Guidry and Coach Jackson did a great job at the middle school last year and I felt they were deserving of a promotion to the varsity level,” Taber said. “One will work on the defensive side and the other will help out on offense.”

Sam Brandt is back as offensive coordinator/offensive line coach.

Taber said that he will continue to handle the play calling duties on Friday nights.

NOTE: The Indians will work out twice in the morning/early afternoon in shorts and t-shirts this week, before suiting up in pads for the first time on Friday...Jacksonville will have just one scrimmage this year as a result in taking part in spring drills...The Indians will travel up to Bullard on the evening of Aug. 22 for freshmen, junior varsity and varsity practice games against the Panthers...Kick off time for the 9th grade affair is tentatively set for 5 p.m. and is subject to change.


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