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Patriots learning on the fly

August 14, 2003

Albany-It is only the second week of school in Dougherty County, but Westover football players have been cramming since football practice started almost one month ago.

The Patriots having to learn quickly the system of new coach Jeff Caldwell with their first game just two weeks away

Since he was hired after the previous school year had ended,  Jeff Caldwell knew he had alot to get done when summer practice started.

 So much so that Caldwell started camp four days before his team could begin practicing in pads.

Coach Jeff Caldwell said "It has been a long, drawn out process on teaching different ways of doing things offensively , defensively and just practice structure."

 The Patriots will look to run the football more not just because of their new coach but because they have one of the area's top backs in Brandon Morgan and sophomore Tony Reed has shown he has the potential to give the Patriots a second backfield threat.

The two backs expect plenty of holes opened by an experienced line led by Blake Willis and Tim Milam while senior Carlos King moves into the starting quarterback position.

Brandon Morgan said "The offense is pretty easy because we are going to be more like a power team so I am going to have change my style of running but it also helps because I am quick and fast and I can use that too."

 The Westover defense will still be small but the Patriots have moved Demone Daniels to linebacker in hopes he can make more tackles but the secondary led by junior Aaron Savage will be the unit's strength.

Caldwell said "That is some concerns people that are just going to line up and knock you off the football and we have tried to put in a couple of packages to help with that scenario."

The education process continues for a Westover team that opens the season on August 29th against Sumter County.