Team Preview: Loudon Redskins

The Redskins had a very good year with an overall record of 8-3 and a region record of 5-2. With 29 returning lettermen, seven starters on offense, and five on defense the Redskins hope to push further into the playoffs in 2008. Find out who Loudon will look to for leadership and how they hope to move further in the playoffs.

The 2008 season is the year to look for D'Andre Miley (5-9, 165 pound) tailback to lead the way. Miley rushed for 1,010 yards and seven touchdowns in 2007 earning him All Region honors and MVP of Loudon County. Staying on the offensive side of the ball the Redskins will look for a big season from senior receivers Keenan Hawkins (6-0, 185 pounds) and Lee Poynter (6-3, 170 pounds). Look for big things both in the passing game and blocking from junior tight ends Zack Franklin (6-2, 195 pounds) and Aaron Anderson (6-3, 205 pounds). The quarterback battle will heat up this August in Loudon between senior Brandon Johnson (5-10, 205 pounds) and sophomore Wade Plemons (6-2, 160 pounds).

The backfield will see a lot of different backs in addition to Miley. Seniors Mitchell Ferguson (6-2, 230 pounds) and Jordan Purdy will pave the way from the fullback position. Providing depth at the tailback spot will be junior Matthew Wallace (5-8, 160 pounds) and sophomore Nick Brown (5-8, 160 pounds). No offense would be effective or complete without a solid group upfront. The Redskins look to senior leadership in the trenches to help the team be more successful. The offensive line will be led by seniors Jason Terry (6-2, 255 pounds), Ericc Lawson (5-11, 255 pounds), Clayton Cox (5-10, 205 pounds), Bryan Green (5-10, 185 pounds), juniors Cory Lawson (5-11, 235 pounds), sophomores Matt Kleinschmidt, and Brandon Whitfield.

Defensively Coach Harig will be looking for his team to be led by a strong front seven on defense. The defensive line will be lead by Chad Purdy, Jason Terry, Cory Lawson, Aaron Anderson, Mitchell Ferguson, and Matt Kleinschmidt. The defense will be anchored by 2007 All Region linebacker Jordan Purdy (5-10, 205 pounds), who recorded 88 total tackles and 42 solo tackles. Adding to the linebacker corps will be seniors Tyler Barr (5-9, 175 pounds) Richard Butkus (5-8, 165 pounds), juniors Jake Brown (5-8, 180 pounds), Nick Roach (5-11, 185 pounds), and new comer Luke Newman (5-10, 170 pounds). The secondary should see some contributions from Keenan Hawkin, Matthew Wallace, Devin Grisson, and Nick Brown.

Coach Harig feels his team will be led by a strong ground game and special teams. The Redskins will need to see some improvement at the wide receiver position, the defensive backfield, and overall team speed.

Season Prediction

Look for Loudon to improve on their 8-3 record with a return to the playoffs this year. The Redskins look to be a formidable contender for the second place spot in their region falling short to region favorite Alcoa. There will be many big tests ahead this season including games against Alcoa and Christian Academy of Knoxville.

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