2011 Team Preview: East Mississippi

2011 Team Preview: East Mississippi

East Mississippi always boasts some of the most talented football prospects in the nation at the JUCO level, but even with the talent on hand, the Lions still only managed to go 5-5 last season. Fourth-year head coach Buddy Stevens and the rest of his staff hope to rebound this year and here's a look at the players they will be counting on to get them back to the promised land...

The Lions return 12 starters (8 on offense; 4 on defense), but the young man at the controls of their attack is new to the system.

QB Bo Wallace signed with Arkansas State out of high school, but will be the trigger-man in the Lions' potent offensive attack using his big frame and live arm to stretch the field while also counting on his underrated mobility to keep plays alive.

Tyler Stanley, Rodney Davis, Hamp Glover and J.J. Harbin all return at wideout after outstanding freshman season and all bring different talents to the field.

The Lions are loaded up front with BCS-caliber players like Ryan Hollivay, Warren Jones and Gussie Lane along with academic standout Derrick Wilson and freshman qualifier Tyler Stanley.

All five are getting looks from D-1 schools and all five have a chance at earning All-Conference honors.

On defense the Lions are loaded up front with the likes of DE Denico Autry and DT Damien Jacobs.

Autry already has multiple BCS offers and Jacobs, who signed with Florida State out of high school, is getting attention from schools across the south and east.

DT Brandon Moore, an Alabama bounceback, also lends his immense size and skills to the mix this fall and DE Enoch Glenn will also look to make plays from the outside.

Versatile youngster Lauren Jackson, who could play inside or outside, is another player to watch this fall.

At linebacker, East Mississippi has Michael Pack in the middle and he will be counted on to be the leader of the stop unit after a solid freshman season which saw him post 37 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

Pack will be flanked on one side by Quinn McClendon, a youngster who showed this spring he will be a force to be reconned with this fall.

LB Joshua Dennis, an academic all-star, is also in the mix.

In he secondary, the Lions boast a solid cover-corner in Jeremy Cannon and two young safeties -- Shaquille Fluker and Justin Cox -- who all need to improve on their woeful interception total of five last year.

Lastly, K/P Taylor Walker has a good leg and he's accurate. He is probably are better suited as a punter, but he can do both well.

East Mississippi opens their season later today (Thursday, September 1st) in a matchup with top-rated Mississippi Gulf Coast.

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