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Jones Position Preview: Running Backs
"We feel good about our running backs," said JCJC running backs coach Lacon Sheppard. "They are doing well in practice."
Leading the way is a former standout quarterback from the Mississippi prep ranks.
Reuben Ducksworth (5-11, 210) led Mount Olive to the 1A state championship in 2010.
He attended Alcorn State University last year, but has transferred back to JCJC.
Sheppard said Ducksworth brings quite a bit to the table.
"Rueben was a quarterback at Mount Olive, but he's going to be our number one running back," he said. "Reuben is a special player. He can turn the tide on anybody.
"He is more of a zone runner than Tiger was. Tiger was more of a power guy.
"But Reuben has the ability to cut, turn, juke – whatever you want to call it – on most anybody. He is an excellent football player."
Backing up Ducksworth will be sophomore Jovontae Thurmon (5-7, 160) of Florence and freshman Kalif Koen (5-11, 187) of Foley, Ala. Thurmon rushed for 199 yards and a touchdown as a freshman, while Koen ran for over 2,600 yards and had 34 rushing touchdowns during his career at Foley.
"Jovontae has speed," Sheppard said. "He is a small-framed kid, but if he gets outside, he is really hard to catch. Kalif is doing a lot better now than he was first starting off. He has still got things to learn and a ways to go, but he is coming around.
"Kalif and Jovontae are real good kids and could see a lot of action, too. But hopefully, Reuben doesn't get hurt and can have a big year for us."
The Bobcats will open the 2012 season under first-year head coach Ray Perkins at 7 p.m. on Aug. 30 against Holmes at Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field.
The game will be telecast on www.jcjc.tv with Mark Easley and Ed Smith on the call. The game will also air on WLAU-FM, 99.3.
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