Panther staff taking baby steps with team

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 9, 2005

It's less than three weeks before the season starts and progress has been slow at Georgiana.

But you won't see new head coach Greg Ennis pushing the panic button anytime soon.

"I've been real pleased in how the backs and receivers have been picking up the new offense," Ennis said. "We're taking baby steps, and that's all we can do right now."

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While the starting tailback and fullback spots have all but been sewn up by Zane Stackhouse and Will Langham, respectively, Ennis said that the race for the starting quarterback spot is still a dead heat.

Zebbie Mitchell, Joel May and Kyle Nelson all are in the thick of the hunt for the starting job, Ennis said.

"I couldn't say right now who my starter is going to be," the Panthers coach said. "I would say that Joel is a little ahead of the other two guys just because he started most of the games last season."

And don't expect to see the same offense that former coach Keith York operated with last season. Ennis describes his offense to be part Straughn and part T.R. Miller.

"I would say that I got my passing game from coach (Trent) Taylor at Straughn, and the running game comes from coach (Jamie) Riggs at T.R. Miller," Ennis said. "Then I just combined the two. We'll be more open and less conservative."

There were only two spots that were open on the offensive line, but Ennis said that the competition for a starting job is still high.

"We even have good competition at running back," he said. "Each guy is pushing each other, and that only will make us better in the end."