Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Gamecock Football Radio Show

Did you hear the football radio show last night? Associate Athletic Director David Farrar has used a new format this year. It's an interactive program, with live guests in the studio, featuring JSU coaches in various sports, student groups, and football players. It's hosted by Mike Parris, and is broadcast live on WLJS 91.9 FM and on WVOK.

Last night, guests included the student group Freshman Forum, Cross Country Coach Steve Ray, Tennis Coach Steve Bailey, the outside linebackers from the football team, LB coach Max Thurmond, and even Gamecock Illustrated got in on the action.

Coach Ray told some interesting stories about one of his team members getting a javelin stuck in her leg and about the team's recent trip to Chicago. Coach Bailey says our tennis team is looking good this year. We'll get into conference play in the spring. Coach Bailey also used to coach golf and women's basketball at JSU.

Coach Crowe discussed the upcoming game vs. Tn State. We'll have to be prepared to stop the run. Tn State has had a lot of success running the ball this season. They are second in the OVC in running the ball. They are first in the league in stopping the pass.

We got the chance to ask a couple of questions - With the injuries to the offensive line, we played Cory Freeman, our starting tight end, at guard last week. He is undersized at that position. Will we have enough healthy bodies so that we can avoid moving him again? Coach Crowe answered by saying that we will not know until Tuesday. On Tuesday, they will be able to evaluate players like Tyler Ogletree to see if he will be able to play this week. We also asked if there were younger players that have caught his eye that may contribute during the balance of the year. Coach Crowe mentioned Max Holcombe, an offensive lineman that has seen action already this year. Max is a freshman from Tuscaloosa who is listed on the roster at Center. With the way the o-line has been shuffled this year, Max can probably play guard too. Coach Crowe also mentioned Lequintez Reynolds, a redshirt freshman from Troy, AL. Lequintez plays fullback and has already seen some action this year both at fullback and on special teams. Another young player Coach Crowe mentioned was Denzell Cheeks. Denzell is from Swainsboro, GA and is playing Tight End. Denzell came to JSU out of high school as a Defensive End, and has made the transition to playing offense. He scored his first touchdown last weekend against Martin. Cheeks has the height (6'6") and the athleticism to make him a great player at JSU.

The radio show is very enjoyable. Coach Farrar has done an excellent job changing to this format. If you haven't tuned in yet, listen next Monday evening at 6 PM Central. If you are in the local area, you can also watch the show on TV24. It's also replayed during the week.

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