Maybe the Carroll football team’s offense only scratched the surface in 2014 in what senior-to-be running back Lil’Jordan Humphrey could offer.
Humphrey rushed for a single-season school record 1,817 yards as Carroll advanced to the Class 6A Division I Region I championship game. Along the way, the game-changer in Humphrey’s repertoire was a 76-yard reception in the bi-district playoff against Mansfield.
Humphrey, who holds 11 Division I offers, is poised for an even bigger season. It won’t be just tied to lining up in the backfield.
“He’s one of the hardest workers on our team,” Carroll head coach Hal Wasson said. “When you have a talented player who is also one of the most unselfish, that’s something special. He may be one of the smartest and most instinctive players I’ve ever coached. He can tell you what everybody is supposed to do.”
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The buildup for Humphrey comes in his ability to picking up blocking schemes and hitting the creases that are created for him to run through. Don’t be surprised to see Humphrey line up wide. Dragons offensive coaches want to take advantage of that 6-5 frame.
Wasson said the staff wants to find a way for Humphrey to have 20 or more touches each game. His physical style should serve as a great asset.
“There’s no doubt we have to get the football to him,” Wasson said. “He’s hard to tackle after he catches it. He has great hands.”
Balance in the running game should come from senior-to-be Shemar Coleman (5-9, 180). The transfer from Denton Ryan arrived at Carroll last year. However, he had to play on the junior varsity because of transfer rules.
Now, that he can move up, Wasson believes Coleman can be one of the better runners on the team. Coleman definitely offers more zone running options. He should also see time in the secondary and both the kickoff and punt return teams.
Nothing likely will be settled with this group because of the amount of injuries that have occurred in the spring. Besides Jacob Copeland, Carroll has been missing several others, including John Miscoll.
However, Grant McFarlin apparently has found a home. A strong spring has helped him to become one of the top outside linebackers, Wasson said. Sherrard Coleman should also be one of the linebackers in the mix.
“Grant is definitely a great player for that spot,” Wasson said. “He has great speed. Coleman has a knack to play the position. He’s really made the most of his opportunity and is going to give us great depth.”
Carroll will conclude the spring season with its annual spring game at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Dragon Stadium. It should be a very vanilla performance in terms of what the offensive and defensive units show.
“It’s vanilla with vanilla icing,” Wasson joked.
Wasson said that the scrimmage will feature the first, second and third teams with a running clock. He also said that this scrimmage will not be as intense as the previous two scrimmages have been.
At halftime, superlative winners and first-team All-District 7-6A performers from the 2014 season will be introduced.