Team Preview: Copiah-Lincoln

After finishing last season with a 5-4 record, the Wolfpack hope to return to a bowl game in 2012 and they are counting on quite a bit of returing talent to lead them there. Today, takes a look at some of the top prospects and who the Co-Lin coaches hope help them get back to their winning ways...

In 2012, Co-Lin looks to use a mixed bag of young talent as well as some sophomores who got a lot of experience in 2011 to be competitive in the very strong MACJC South Division.

At quarterback, Chandler Rogers returns after starting eight games as a freshman last season. Rodgers has a good arm and is accurate and the coaches feel he will be a solid D-1 recruit if he puts up the type of numbers expected.

Running back will likely be by committee this fall with the likes of sophomore RB Robert Wells, Delta State transfer Darius Guy and freshman Kelton Smith.

The wide receiver corps is a solid group that includes Darren Anderson, Joe Craig and Devonta Scott, who has committed to Mississippi State.

Scott was outstanding in limited reps last season, posting 19 receptions for 386 yards and three scores.

Anderson split time at quarterback and receiver last season, hauling in 13 receptions for 146 yards.

Along the offensive line, the Wolfpack have quite a bit of size and experience returning and are led by G Demechery Hickingbottom who has a chance to be a big-time recruit this fall with his size (6'4", 330) and athleticism.

Joining him will be two other sophomores Milton King and Preston Shelton and a handful of solid freshman who will likely be recruits to keep an eye on next year.

On defense, Co-Lin has two linemen who have already made decisions in defensive ends Jerrell Jordan and Terrell Hartsfield who have both committed to Texas Tech.

Last season, those two were huge off the edge, totaling 105 tackles and 12 sacks as freshman last fall.

Raymond Williams will lead the linebackers into battle after totaling 31 tackles in 2011.

The secondary has a couple of playmakers this season including CB Brian Isaac and S Alonzo Lewis.

Lewis made the move from receiver last season to boost the athleticism and talent-level in the secondary and the expectation is that he will be a real ballhawk for the Wolfpack in the deep patrol in 2012.

Co-Lin enters the season picked to finish fifth in the South Division this year behind Pearl River, Jones County, Hinds and nationally-ranked Mississippi Gulf Coast.

However, with a solid start to the season and more consistent play at quarterback, the Wolfpack could make things interesting and prove the pundits wrong by the end of the season.

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