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Insider: Lobos kick off preseason practice

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Hayden Henry

By Hayden Henry
Aug. 15, 2017 at 11:24 a.m.
Updated Aug. 15, 2017 at 11:24 a.m.

Longview's depth on the defensive line was noticeable on the first day.

Typical of a first day of practice, Longview opened fall camp on Monday with high participation numbers and an even higher amount of reps.

Head coach John King said 75 freshmen were on hand Monday morning and more than 150 were out in the afternoon for the JV and varsity session.

"We had a ton of kids out here today, we had to move to a second locker room," King said. "I thought they moved around well and had a full day of it. I'd say it was a win.

"I don't know if I would say I was pleased. It's day one. It's good to see the number of kids we had show up. I thought our retention level was pretty good. We're going to install a lot in four days, come back and put pads on and start over. It's a teaching progression and I thought they did pretty well.

"We got a ton of snaps today and they held up well. Day one, it's hot everywhere, but they held up well."

A few quick hits:

Jordan Lawson scrambles and completes a pass downfield.

QB: As expected, the rotation was heavy at quarterback with all seeing time with the first-team WRs. All did things some things well. Monday saw a heavy amount of offensive snaps working on the perimeter with a whole lot of screen plays. A'Darius Carter showed his arm strength with the long pass. Jordan Lawson had some zip on the ball and, on a few plays, showed his ability to use his legs to extend plays. Haynes King, who saw time at WR, ended practice with first-team reps and showed great poise and command as a sophomore. This decision is far from over.

Junior Marcus Williams

OL: The first-team offensive line was as follows: Marcus Williams, Gavin Roberts, Kaylon Allen, Donovan Brooks and Marcus Harry. Brooks is the lone senior of the bunch in an area where continuity will continue to grow. TE Jaylin Brown was as expected and Daquavion Randall did things well.

LB: King was pleased with the defense overall and at linebacker, the biggest question on that side of the ball, it was Javontae Writt, Tyler Wilder, Kevion Bush and Jkameron Riggins with the rotation. Junior Cameron Starling has moved away from Longview.

DL: The depth on the defensive line was noticeable in a big way. D'Marjai Dearion, JC Blakemore, Montavian Reed and Keandre Mauldin were the 1s. Also .. Jaiden Smith, Dadrian Wells and Jeffrey Jones.

Junior RB Jessie Anderson

Who's ready for pads? Everyone but it's going to be fun seeing Jessie Anderson doing his thing in pads. DB Jalen Carr too.

Junior WR Jacob Johnson

Strong start? WR Jacob Johnson will be a force and turned in a great day. Kamden Perry and Kendle Johnson had good days as well. Ja'Keelan Writt was in the mix.

Leader: Jephaniah Lister was directing traffic all day.



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