McKenzie bulks up backfield

Published 12:00 am Saturday, May 14, 2005

MCKENZIE - McKenzie head football coach David Kirkland closed out the spring football season Friday night at Kinston with a good problem to have.

Kirkland has about 25 varsity players on his squad and almost half of his squad is comprised of offensive or defensive linemen.

"Right now I have enough linemen that I can rotate them in and out to keep them fresh for a game," Kirkland said.

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The downside to having so many linemen on the team is that the Tigers' coach has been scrambling to find running backs and wide receivers to fit his one-back spread offense.

In fact a former offensive lineman may be getting a start at tailback not just because of his quickness, but his size.

At 5-foot-10 and 225 pounds, Jarrell Mobley looks to fit into the tailback spot nicely for Kirkland.

"We don't have a lot of backs, so we're going to led Jarrell tote the mail for us," Kirkland said.

While Kirkland may have found his a starting tailback, the race for the starting quarterback spot is up in the air and it may remain that way until the first game of the Tigers' fall season.

Satttrick Rudolph and Jonathan Bush have been battling for the spot, but Kirkland said that neither has really taken it upon themselves to step up to lead the offense.

"It's quite possible that the two will split time at quarterback," Kirkland said. "I wish one of them would just come on and take hold of that position and be a leader though."

Even with a spread offense, Kirkland said that he wants to establish the run first.

"And if they load up the box on us, then we'll play some pitch and catch," he said.