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Jones Preview: Quarterbacks

ELLISVILLE – The 19th-ranked Jones County Junior College Bobcats have to replace two quarterbacks from the past two seasons...

Kenny Coleman, who signed with Florida A&M, and Steven Swindle have both moved on after putting up big numbers for the Bobcats the past two years.

Now, JCJC will be going with a sophomore transfer behind center.

Thad Miller (6-1, 215) of Gulfport is the No. 1 quarterback for the Bobcats. Miller is a transfer from Mississippi Gulf Coast where he threw for 284 yards and one touchdown in a backup role last year.

"Thad will be the starter," said JCJC head coach David Thornton, who also coaches the quarterbacks. "He has had a solid spring, summer and fall camp. He has done well and is a good leader for us. He is a smart player and can do a lot of things on the field. We are excited about what he brings to the table for us."

There will, however, be another familiar face playing quarterback.

Kelvin Bourrage (6-1, 205) of Kemper County returns.

Bourrage was listed as a quarterback last year, but also ended up playing wide receiver. Bourrage completed his only pass attempt last year for 43 yards and had eight rushes for 33 yards.

"Kelvin has some experience from last year," Thornton said. "With him out there for us now, that really gives us a boost."

Another player who will see playing time at quarterback is Lumberton freshman Joe Arnold (6-0, 190). Arnold played quarterback in high school, but has been moved to wide receiver for most of fall camp.

Thornton likes the versatility Arnold provides at quarterback.

"Joe can play at quarterback, as well as receiver," he said. "It's nice to have an athlete with his ability back there."

Jones started the season with a 42-20 loss to Northwest Mississippi last Saturday. This Thursday, the Bobcats will face off against Itawamba on the road.

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