JEANERETTE — The Jeanerette Tigers will be sporting an entirely different look on offense this upcoming season under the watchful eye of first-year head coach Clifford Paul.
“We’re going to run the veer with some single wing and Wing-T mixed in,” said Paul, who served as the linebackers coach for the Tigers last year.
“The veer will work great. Now my kids can play fast because they won’t have a complicated blocking scheme. It’s all double teams and blocking down.”
While the Tigers lost standout edge rusher Toddrick Paul to Grambling State, Paul says the duo of Tyrell Brooks and Ronnie Celestine will prove tough on opposing offenses.
“Tyrell has good size,” Paul said of the 6-2, 240-pound sophomore. “He finished second in the state in the shot put. He’s worked really hard. We maxed out last week in the weight room and he did 325 lbs. on the bench with a 565-pound squat and a 500 deadlift.
“At the rate he’s growing, he’ll probably play defensive end in a four-man front in college. He’s very physical, with the ability to eat up two blocks. If you try to block him one-on-one, he’s going to beat you.”
Brooks will line up at tight end on offense, while Celestine will man one of the offensive tackle spots.
“Ronnie is our hoss,” Paul said. “He’s 6-3 1/2, 230 lbs. Ronnie volunteered to play offensive tackle. That’s why I made him my team captain. He told me he was going to put his ego on the side and play offensive line.”
Although productive running backs Shonathon Sparrow and Elton Alexander, Jr. have graduated, Paul is impressed with the progress made by some new faces.
“We have a group of kids who have been working their tails off like Andrew Matthews, who is going to be a junior,” Paul said.
“He ran a 4.6 at UL’s camp and has a 3.25 grade point average.
“Karel Sparrow ran a 4.5 at UL and will be somebody to watch. Richard Lumpkin, who will be a freshman, is going to be a special kid, and our quarterback, Noah Rollins, is coming along.”
Rollins, who split snaps at quarterback last year, will get the keys to the new option offense.
“Noah has gotten a lot better as a football player,” Paul said.
“I think he’s going to be our leader.”