BAXTER: Camden Bulldogs on path to regroup

07/20/2014 7:14 PM

07/20/2014 7:15 PM

THE CAMDEN Bulldogs had a .500 record last season with one region win. But coach Jimmy Neal hopes to get the once-storied program back to winning ways with a strong group of returnees to the 2014 roster.

“We do not have a lot of depth,” Neal said, “but we’ve got a very physical group of players. We’ve got good skills guys this year, and everyone has worked hard in the offseason.”

The Bulldogs return five starters on offense, with two in the trenches. Timmy King and Robert Warnock are back in the interior line, while Chase Truesdale returns at tight end.

At running back, Kendrice Slater returns after averaging more than 5 yards per carry in 2013. D.J. Wilson returns at wide receiver.

A starting quarterback has not been named.

Seven starters return to the defense. Up front, Tyrek Jones will be inside, flanked by Welton Cauthen at defensive end.

Three linebackers are back: Omar Mingo, Tyrell Smith and Brandon McCaskill.

The secondary returns two starters: Darius Smith and Nelson Semple.

Newcomers whom Neal feels will make an impact are wide receiver Taylor Kelly; defensive backs Desonta Cauthen, Christian Flick and Ben Hayes; defensive end Tyrone Kelly; defensive linemen Darius Clark and Nick Jenkins; and tight end Parker Rankin.

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