Chamblee Bulldogs Ready To Make A Move

The Chamblee Bulldogs finished the 2005 football season with their best mark since the 70's at 9-3. Brent Miller's Bulldogs made the state playoffs for the first time in 22 years. The good news is that now the Bulldogs return 16 starters from that team, which moves into a new region, 5-AAA.

Miller's team was one the surprises in AAAA last season and advanced to the second round of the state playoffs, losing to the Rome Wolves, 27-17. The playoff appearance came on the heels of a 4-6 record in 2004, Miller's first year at the Dekalb County school.

There is no hidden secret to the success that Chamblee enjoyed last year, " It's very simple...a great work ethic and a strength program that is second to none," said Miller. "When I arrived here, I went to a free-weight system instead of relying totally on machines," Miller said. "It's worked wonders for the overall strength and quickness of our players!"

Miller definitely has players, some of the nation's finest, such as: Roddy Jones, a 5'9", 190-pound running back, who recently ran a 4.42 forty-yard dash. Jones has 40 touchdowns and almost 3,000 yards in rushing over the past two seasons, in Miller's Tight-Slot offensive set.

Jones has offers on the table from Georgia Tech, Maryland, Akron and Clemson. Academics are not a problem at Chamblee, a Charter/Magnet school for music. Jones is pre-qualified with a 1360 on his SAT and a GPA of 3.2.

Jones is not Miller's only weapon on offense. There is the imposing presence of 6'5" Tight End, Nicolai Swartzkopf. In addition to being a top-notch blocker and receiver, the 225-pound Senior has a GPA of 3.4 and he's also pre-qualified to play at the next level as well.

Two youngsters will run the Bulldog offense this season, Garett Williams and Warren Norman. Miller likes both of them, "They are young but they can play. Both of them are in the 10th grade but they are good athletes." Norman is the fastest of the two at 4.6 in the forty-yard dash.

Miller likes for his teams to play smash-mouth football on both sides of the ball, and he's got a defense that is just as talented as his offense. Amorgie Uzzi, a 6'4", 290-pound defensive tackle, anchors Miller's split-six defense.

"We had a great year last year...but I'd like to think we can make a run at the region and state playoffs again this season," said Miller. "We've got some talent returning...plus we have had some success in the summer passing leagues and some 7 on 7 tournaments."

Last season's success did wonders for Miller's Chamblee Bulldogs. It instilled the confidence in them that they can indeed play at the next level of competition. The 2006 football season is just ahead, and the Chamblee Bulldogs are ready to take it to an even higher level of play.


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