The Tigers have taken this positive outlook into their summer workouts which began last week.
“We’ve had good participation in trying to get the players in shape for the fall season,” head coach Jason Respert said. “The summer workouts are critical and we’re seeing competition in every spot.”
Offensively, the Tigers have to replace several graduated players including quarterback Jared Askew, Travis Beaird and Juanya Smith who had a team high 632 yards rushing and eight touchdowns last season. Rising junior Malik Oliver, who saw action in nine contests as a backup last season, looks to be the leader in the starting quarterback competition.
Rising senior wide receivers Jamond Williams, D’Ondre Glenn and Don Richardson will be the main offensive weapons for Douglas County.
“On offense, we installed some new stuff in the spring and our guys have handled it well,” Respert said. “We’ll have a talented backfield that’s going to be very competitive and an offensive line with tough individuals who will get after you.”
The Tigers, who will run a 3-4 base defense, will look for improvements on a unit that allowed 29 points per contest last season. In its three victories last season over Chapel Hill, South Cobb and East Coweta, Douglas County didn’t give up double-digit points in any of those contests.
“We’re excited about the progress of our defense,” Respert said.
“We’re going to be young but showed glimpses of a solid defense in the spring and look forward to working with the unit through the summer.”
Douglas County will also participate in numerous seven-on-seven competitions this summer as part of workouts.
“They allow you to get several repetitions on your passing concepts on offense and the defense gets to work on playing coverage packages you will use in the fall,” said Respert.
The Tigers are set to begin the season Aug. 22 at county rival New Manchester.