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Jones Preview: Defensive Line

ELLISVILLE – If hard work is any indication, expect big things out of the Jones County Junior College defensive line.

"The guys are working hard and they want to be great," said Anthony Maddox, who is in his sixth year as the Bobcats' defensive line coach. "Anytime you have some guys who want to be great, you have a chance. They work really hard and I push them extremely hard.

"But they respond to me well and I'm anxious to see what they can do. I want to see how they do when they go up against somebody else. I feel good about them and I think they will do fine."

JCJC will have a solid base along the defensive front.

Sophomore tackles Johnkil Skipper and Arie Anderson and end Javarious Tanner provide experience.

Tanner (6-0, 240) has the edge at left end, while Skipper (6-0, 265) is the leader at left tackle. They are both from Hazlehurst.

Skipper had 37 tackles with 5.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks last year. Tanner had 24 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and a team-leading 5.5 sacks in 2014.

"Javarious is a returning guy that played several games for me last year," Maddox said. "He did a good job and had several sacks. He plays hard and does a great job for us. I'm excited to see what he's going to do this season.

"Johnkil started almost every game as a freshman and did a really good job. He's down to about 265 this year (from 290) and is running around well and looking good. This kid has a bright future and will be able to go on and play ball at the next level. He is one of my leaders and I'm excited about him."

Anderson (6-1, 300) is a redshirt sophomore from Stanhope Elmore High School in Millbrook, Alabama. He had 16 tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack last year. He is battling Northwest Rankin freshman Tony Adams (6-0, 330) for the starting right tackle slot.

"Arie is a second-year guy with us and is a third-year college guy," Maddox said. "He came to us from East Mississippi before last year. He is doing a good job and is competing against Tony. Those guys are battling it out right now to see who will be the starter on opening day.

"Tony is a big kid, but moves well. He is a very smart kid and understands football. We are trying to get him in shape, but he is very explosive."

A newcomer is the leader at right defensive end. East Carolina University transfer Markel Winters (6-3, 230) came to JCJC in the spring. He is from Rickards High School in Tallahassee, Florida.

"Markel is a big kid with long arms and looks really, really good," Maddox said. "He sat out last year so we're trying to get him in top shape. He has shown some flashes of ability. I think he will do great, but we just have to wait and see."

The backup defensive tackles include Quitman sophomore Reginal Hamilton (6-2, 275) and Pearl River Central freshman Trey Revere (5-11, 255).

"Reggie is a second-year guy and has been doing well in the offseason," Maddox said. "I'm anxious to see what he can do. Trey is a smaller kid, but very explosive. He is a good kid and has done well so far."

The reserve defensive ends include Wayne County freshman Tramond Lofton (6-3, 230) and Tylertown freshman Joe Gesse (6-2, 225).

"Tramond has all kinds of ability," Maddox said. "He is a good, smart kid. He has raw talent – just a typical freshman, I guess. He will definitely play a lot this year.

"Joe is a high motor type of kid. Again, he is raw, but he has the ability to rush the quarterback. He runs well and I think he has a bright future."

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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