West Point football starts practice Monday

By: 
COLLIN BRISTER
Staff Writer

The offense will be under new leadership this season, as senior quarterback Clayton Knight left after the 2016 season after graduating.

The first few weeks of practice will be a good time for building cohesion with new quarterback Marcus Murphy and his receivers that he’ll be throwing to this season.

The Green Wave had a solid seven-on-seven circuit this summer, and that allowed them the opportunity to build timing between quarterbacks and receivers.

The first few days of practice, which are unpadded, will allow for the Green Wave to become more comfortable on that side of the football and build timing between the receivers and quarterbacks.

West Point will return a lot of experience at the running back position, as senior Chis Calvert, who missed most of last year with a concussion, will return and likely be the bell cow of the offense at the running back position.

Calvert shined in his first game back last season as he dominated Oxford in the second round of the playoffs. His ability to make plays is something that West Point will rely on this season, as Murphy will likely take the majority of the snaps from the quarterback position.

Another important position for the first few days of practice is the offensive line, as they’ll be able to master the fundamentals of the position before jumping into live contact.

The Green Wave offensive line was the driving point behind their offensive success last year, as they were able to push the opposition off the football with regularity to create running lines for their dynamic running backs.

They’ll have replace some of the players that were on the 2016 state championship team among the offensive line, but if they’re able to grow in to what they were last year, they have a chance to be just as potent on that side of the football.
On defense, West Point will look to be just as dominant this season as they were last.

The Green Wave only gave up two meaningful touchdowns in last year’s postseason run, and that was because of how quickly they flew to the football and how sure of tacklers they were.

The Green Wave lost multiple players off of last year’s defense, and because of that they’ll be counting on new players to step in and fill those roles and make the same type plays.

The Green Wave’s defense will likely be one of the best in the state of Mississippi this season, and the first few days of practice will be an opportunity to hone their ability and get better at it.

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