Hornets will put mix of new parts to the test

07/10/2014 12:40 AM

07/10/2014 12:41 AM

THE C.A. JOHNSON Hornets will be in rebuilding mode, as they graduated two dynamic, two-way players in quarterback/safety Michael Knox and wide receiver Peter Goodman. The team must break in a new quarterback for the first time in four years.

“Defense is expected to be a little challenging,” coach Jerry Jackson said, “but we are hoping that some younger guys will surprise us. We will still be challenged by our lack of depth.”

The challenge this year will be on defense. Jackson said his team is upbeat about the coming season.

The offense returns six starters, though Charles Mallory (5-foot-9, 175 pounds) will move from wide receiver to quarterback. Receiver Willie Wise returns to the lineup with fellow back Hesakahi McCoy. In the trenches, they bring back Wendell Bing (235), Ceaser Nieto (230) and Andrew Brown (260).

The defense will be the area of concern, but the Hornets do bring back players with experience. Mallory will play at defensive back, along with Wise. Brown doubles on defense in the trenches along with Bing, and McCoy at linebacker. They also return James Allen at linebacker and Mike Davis in the secondary.

Jackson said he is expecting a “pleasant surprise” with the newcomers. And while Mallory got solid playing time, playing the starting role at quarterback will be new to him.

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