Leeds High School

Leeds High School (3A) starts the 2008 season on the road to face 4A Oak Grove. Greenwave head coach Keith Etheredge tells us more about his team ready to better their 8-5 2007 record.

Leeds will return 28 lettermen from 2007 only losing five from last season. The 49 players who will hit the field Friday night returns eight starters on offense and nine on defense.

Coach Etheredge says the strength of this team, "Defensive line and secondary. Defense loves to hit."

The leaders include, "Randon Carnathan, Zac Elkins, Tony Threatt, Robert Watts, Austin Faulkner and Matt Carmicheal," Etheredge said.

"Randon Carnathan holds scholarship offers from Southern Miss, Arkansas State, Army and South Alabama. Others interested include Stanford, UAB, Kentucky, Tennessee, Citadel, Middle Tennessee, Jacksonville State, Murry State, and many more."

"Randon's uncle is Jeff Herrod, who played at Ole Miss and for nine years with the Colts."

"Tony Threatt has offers from Army and South Alabama. Interested schools include Mashall, Jacksonville State, UAB, Akron, Tennessee, Auburn, and many others."

"Tony's sister, Danielle Threatt, is an SEC track athlete (high jump and long jump) at Auburn."

Another player to watch this season is Robert Watts, 5-10, 160-pound senior.

Etheredge says, "Best cover guy. One of the best athletes I have ever coached. Great hands and hips. Over 500 yards receiving in 2007 and six interceptions. Makes big plays."

Leeds also lines up Zac Elkins a "pre-season All-State 3A OL, but he is better on the defensive line, Etheredge said. "Very coachable and could be the best player on the field."

Elkins is also a senior standing 6-1, 245-pounds. He made six tackles in 2007, five-and-a-half sacks, six tackles for loss. He carries a 4.1 GPA and a 26 ACT score.

Cody Ashley, 6-0, 250-pounds, enters his junior season at the center position, "who will give you everything he has. Great young man," Etheredge said.

Summers are not for relaxing for the Greewave. Work-outs are prevalent for teams to compete with their peers on Friday nights.

"Four days a week, twice a day work-outs," Etheredge said.

We'll see soon enough if that work helps against Oak Grove who hits the field with a 6-4 record from 2007.

"(They're) very good up front, and have a good quarterback that also has a great leg on field goals," Etheredge said of his opponent in Friday night's contest.

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