JHS defensive linemen return to camp ready for business

A group of Jacksonville defensive lineman are pictured during Wednesday's practice session at Happy Valley. The unit drew rave reviews from defensive line coach Paul Sharr on Day 3 of fall training camp.

As Jacksonville head football coach Wayne Coleman reminded his Fightin' Indians at the start of Wednesday's practice session, Day 3 of fall training camp is historically not known for being a banner session.

Well, at least, one group of Tribe players — the defensive line — didn't seem to have an issue with the third day of preseason training camp.

The positive comments spoken by defensive line coach Paul Sharr rang out loud and often through the Happy Valley Training on hump day.

Granted the team was still two days away from putting pads on for the first time; however the D-line appeared to have retained a great deal from spring practice as they ran through formations and worked on positioning at one end of the practice field.

Often the words coming out of coaches mouths in the early stages of preseason training camp are not exactly positive dialogue. So, to hear so many statements of praise raining down on one group of young men, one has to appreciate the effort and the attention to detail that is being given.

Jacksonville will be leaning on its defense early on as the offense gels under the direction of first-year varsity starter Patrick Clater, who will lead the Indians under center.

The Tribe defenders, under the direction of defensive coordinator Kenny Canady, did a decent job last season by allowing the fourth-fewest average number of points scored per game out of the eight teams in the district.

And if the early results are any indication, the Jacksonville defensive unit may prove to be pretty gnarly once again.

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