Tiftarea head football coach Marvin Barton summed up the preseason expectations for his Panthers in two words unknown and untested. The Panthers lost 17 seniors from last year's squad that endured a injury filled season. Tiftarea does return defensive back Peyton Mann, defensive end Case Pack and tight end Eric Lee.
A brand new line backing core,however, will take the field. Daniel Hardy and Zach Mangelsdorf are two of five players competing for the starting qb position. Coach Barton knows his young team may struggle some this season but he believes it could pay off big down the road for the Panthers.
Barton said "Pretty much with these guys we are kind of going to the wall with it. Bring them along slow. Got to crawl before we can walk. They are coming along just fine."
Tiftarea will open at Valwood on August 26th.
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