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Tigers compete for ‘Big Cat’ crown
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
August 14, 2013 09:07 AM | 1085 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Linebacker Shayne Carey warms up for a seven-on-seven drill earlier this summer. Carey placed fifth overall in the Big Cat Competition.
Linebacker Shayne Carey warms up for a seven-on-seven drill earlier this summer. Carey placed fifth overall in the Big Cat Competition.
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Running back Travis Beaird earned the title of “Big Cat” as he bested all others on the football team in the 2013 Big Cat strength competition at Douglas County High.

Head coach Jason Respert said Beaird “is a guy we’re proud to have in our program.”

“He has worked extremely hard to earn any achievements that come his way,” the coach said.

For the second year in a row, the Douglas County High School football program organized its Big Cat Competition to determine the team’s strongest player. The title for this competition was coined last year during Respect’s first summer with the Tigers.

“This competition is our annual summer event which doubles as our max week and a way to find the overall strongest football player in our program.

“We were pleased with the results and the improvements we made in a year,” Respert said.

During this event the players have to max out in a series of tests – bench press, squat, power clean, 40-yard dash, 10-yard dash, dips and the pro agility drill. The maximum for each player was taken and they were given points based on where they placed in each event – the points ranged from one to 20, with first place getting 20 points and 20th getting one point.

All the points were totaled at the end of the competition to determine who the 2013 Big Cat was for the overall team as well as for each position.

Beaird may have taken the top title for the team and for the quarterback and running back division with 101 points, but he did not place first in any event.

Linebacker Jamal Johnson II took first in bench with 335 pounds and first in squat with 585 pounds. Defensive lineman Michael Parris took first in the power clean with 275 pounds. Defensive back Jaytin Askew took first in the 40 with 4.38 seconds while defensive back Darryl Avery won the 10-yard dash with 1.22 seconds.

Joshua Owens and Tobious Brown tied for first in Dips with 53 reps while Israel Strickland won the pro agility drill by completing it in 4.13 seconds.

Avery was named Big Cat of the defensive backs, Parris was named Big Cat of the defensive line, Quinzavious Sands won for the offensive line, Jamond Williams won for the wide receivers and Strickland won for the linebackers.
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