This season, Lamar Consolidated comes in looking to make another deep playoff run, and they have some weapons to do just that. Leading the way for the Mustangs is the talented Jacquizz Rodgers. Rodgers, in his junior season, rushed for 2478 yards and 52 touchdowns last season. The 5'9" Senior continues to amaze not only his opponents, but scouts who argue on how far he will go on the next level. The Lamar Consolidated coaches will tell you he is the best back in the state, and with over 5425 career yards in only 3 seasons, it's hard to argue with them. Rodgers has a familiar face handing the ball off to him in quarterback D.J. Smallwood. Smallwood, a junior, started all 14 games as a sophomore last season, and will be more seasoned this year in leading the team. Smallwood will look to senior wideouts Chuck Obi and Travis Reidel, or Rodgers in the flat when passing the ball. The one question mark for the Mustangs is the offensive line. Gone is the anchor of the line, Jarvis Jones, whose massive frame opened up huge holes for Rodgers, and protected Smallwood's blind side. The job now rests in the hands of Clarence Ward. Ward is no small man either, at 6'3" and 260 pounds. The rest of the line is beefy, with guard Luis Lara topping out at 290.
The Mustang defense also has many new faces, but some veterans return to anchor the unit. Senior Linebacker Sule Osagiede returns for his senior season. Osagiede has played all four years on Varsity, and recorded 135 tackles, 5 sacks, 1 interception, and 5 fumble recoveries last season. Carlos Becerra, Julius Smith and Corey Green will man the other Linebacker spots for Lamar Consolidated. The only sophomore getting the starting nod is at cornerback. Marcell Threat will line up on one of the islands, and should see plenty of action just because of his classification. The coaches are high on Threat and he must be good to start on a team loaded with seniors. Jacquizz Rodgers will handle the safety position, but will see some time on the sideline as needed for rest. Defensive End Deonte Ester and Andrew Nwagwugwu man the defensive end spots for the Mustangs and provide some size up front.
Expect the Mustangs to once again have a powerful team this season. With Rodgers, Smallwood, and a lineup consisting of mostly seniors, Coach Lydell Wilson should expect good things from his team once again in 2007.