Tiger backfield looks to reload in 2012
Frenship coach Brad Davis stopped just short of stating No. 1 tailback D’Maujeric Tucker will be more prolific than stalwart Bobby Huey, who graduated after a 1,640 yard, 15 touchdown senior season.
Given Tucker’s 2011 season — 900 yards and seven touchdowns in a backup role — Davis knows his senior tailback can step right in and replace Huey.
And then some.
“I think D’Maujeric can be a special back — I mean really special,” Davis said. “Like a kid by the end of the season that a lot of Division I schools are going to be interested in. he has a chance to be really special. Of course he’s got a lot of work to do.
“If he stays healthy and really works hard, he has a chance to be really special.”
The Frenship offense was among the best in the South Plains last year, averaging 498 yards per game, 348 rushing.
Tucker is poised to lead the Tigers on the ground, and the senior has waited for his chance to be the premier back.
“Since I started playing football, I had my eyes set on (being the No. 1 back),” Tucker said. “But really I had to just wait for my time. It was Bobby’s time to shine, and he did his thing. Now that it’s my turn, I just need to give it all I’ve got.”
Davis knows Tucker can handle the increased workload.
“That’s what he wants. He wants to carry the ball a lot,” Davis said, “and we’re a tailback-oriented offense. We’re going to get it to him a lot. He wants the ball in his hands as much as he can get it.”
Joining Tucker in the backfield will be senior tailback Dyllon Stevens, who was a junior varsity back last year. Since the Tigers were so deep on the varsity level, Davis said Stevens got the playing time he needed on the junior varsity level.
But now, Stevens should be the No. 2, although Davis knows there is still work to be done before the first game of the year.
Senior fullback Bryndan Arredondo completes the first-team running back group for the Tigers after a solid junior campaign with 215 yards on 37 carries,
“Any time you’ve got experience back — that’s something you can’t replace is experience,” Davis said. “The more experience that kid has, the more confidence the kid has when he gets on the field.”
Joining Tucker, Stevens and Arredondo in the backfield will be junior quarterback Trevor Lloyd, who is looking forward to his first varsity start Aug. 31 at El Paso Riverside.
Lloyd appeared in a handful of games last year backing up Tucker Tuberville, going 3-for-4 with 88 yards and two touchdowns.
Lloyd has been getting his timing down with his receivers during this summer’s 7-on-7 sessions, and Davis said the summer drills have gotten the best out of the junior.
“He’s a good kid,” the coach said. “He’s going to be able to lead the offense and he’s the kind of kid that wants to win real bad and he’s going to compete and do what it takes to put a lot of points on the board and win football games.”
Lloyd said he has learned the position from his older brother, as well as Tuberville, and is ready to step in to lead the offense.
“I’m a little nervous for the first game, but I think after the first game is under my belt it will be all right,” Lloyd said.
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