SM: How many years have you been in the coaching industry?
JB: Too many (laughing)… This is my 37th year in the coaching business. I've been coaching here at Berkeley for14 years; next year will be number 15. It's been a long time.
SM: Let's talk briefly about last year's team.
JB: Last year we changed offenses. We had quite a few people out (injured), or else dismissed from the squad. We ended up averaging about four starters a game. With changing the offense, it took us quite a while to get in the groove. We got in the groove right around the Wando game. We only lost about 2 out of our last eight games. We lost to Stratford, and the last game was to Conway in the Lower State Championship.
SM: Talk about some of your key players for next fall.
JB: We have RB Andre Ellington, who rushed for 1600 yards last season and had over 2000 in all-purpose yards. At our quarterback spot we've got Nick Orvin, and at wide receiver we have Thomas Brittle. On the front we got Herbert Law along with Stephon Cain, and we also have Kyle Thomas. We lost our best 2-way starter in Jantzen Glanton during the spring, due to an ACL injury. That will hurt us a great deal. Defensively, Kyle Shepherd will be returning along with Miles Watson, Jordan Cooper, and DeAndre Richburg. In the secondary we got Cory Brown returning for us at cornerback.
SM: Any stars on the rise?
JB: We have a new guy who's a rising senior that transferred in with us. His name is Rusty Walden. He's is not real tall. He weighs about 180 pounds, real strong, and runs about a 4.6 forty. We expect good things out of him.
SM: What type of offense/defense do you run?
JB: You name it we got it (laughing). Basically we do a one back offense with Andre in the backfield. On defense, we go to a 4-2 look
SM: So tell me about the exciting news Coach Brown…
JB: We are looking to sign a contract to play on ESPNU, which is the university station of ESPN. Summerville will play Booker T. Washington for the first game on Saturday August 25th, and I think we'll play around 3:00 or 3:30 in the second game. We'll play a team from Jacksonville called, First Coast. They have about 6 Division I prospects; three or four them have already committed.
SCPrepNation.com will have more updates on the Berkeley Stags as the clock ticks toward August 25th. So stay tuned for more.
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