Three freshmen battling for QB at ICC

By David Wheeler/Special to the NEMS Daily Journal

FULTON – Head coach Jon Williams has a unique situation.
His Itawamba Community College Indians have three players battling in preseason drills for playing time at the quarterback position.
The three first-year players have made the build up to the 2012 season one of the more-spirited in recent seasons for the Indians.
“All three are really pushing each other,” Williams said. “And two are roommates.
“Obviously, all three want the job.”
The three include two local freshmen – Griff Loftis from Mooreville and Chase Watson from Saltillo. The third is freshman Andrew Griffin from North Carolina.
“It’s fun to watch all three guys get after it,” said sophomore offensive lineman Brennan Tutor from Pontotoc. “I think this year’s team has a lot better talent, and our work ethic seems heightened.
“But when I’m not doing anything, I’m watching the quarterbacks get after it.”
The Indians are in their second week of practices leading up to an Aug. 30 opener on the road at Copiah-Lincoln. The squad has already held one scrimmage, with a second set for this weekend that could ultimately give the edge to one of the three signal-callers.
“We wanted to go through two scrimmages before we made a decision,” said first year offensive coordinator Jason McManus. “Then we’ll sit down with the staff, name a starter, and go from there.
“Most places I’ve been, you’ve had a legitimate starter. It’s kind of exciting to see the guys compete. It’s a heated race.”
McManus indicates that Griffin is big and strong, and makes all the throws.
He observed that Loftis hung out around spring practices, and has an edge in knowing the plays.
Watson was originally slated to be red-shirted, but has performed more than well enough to be in the competition.