McKissick happy with Green Wave spring practice

  • Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Roger Lee/Journal Scene Quarterback Sawyer Bridges is one of the returners for the Green Wave on the offensive side of the ball.

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The Green Wave football team made some strides this spring filling holes left by players who are about to graduate.

Summerville closed its spring football practice Thursday with its annual Spring Game.

“We only had seven days in pads but I thought the guys did pretty good for those seven days,” Green Wave coach John McKissick said. “I saw a lot of good play from the guys who are stepping in but I also saw a lot of bad play. The big thing is they showed me enough. I know they can get better if they work at it and get in the weight room and everything.”

Two key concerns for the coaching staff were filling the voids left by the departure of kicker/punter David Kennedy and receiver/returner Johnston McCurry.

“They often came up with the clutch play for us but I think we have some guys who can do well in those positions.” McKissick said. “I was real pleased with the place kicking and the hang time on our punts this spring. We have a kicker with a strong leg but we have to get him a little better protection so he has more time. We have No. 13 (Cameron Burnette) and some other receivers who are catching the ball like we need them to.”

Quarterback Sawyer Bridges and offensive tackle Zack Bailey both return for their third season as a starter. The Wave also returns it starting center and two other starting offensive linemen.

Summerville has to replace senior running back Jacerie Ponder, but has some other players with experience at the position. Highly recruited defensive lineman Kawuan Cox may also spend some time at running back next season.

“Kawuan likes to run the ball so we started using him there some,” McKissick said. “We know he can play defense either playing down or as an outside linebacker so this spring we let him run the ball and we may use him to return punts.”

On the defensive side of the ball, in addition to Cox, linebacker Mac McCurry returns for his third season as a starter. He also played for the varsity as a freshman.

The Wave has other experienced defenders, but entered the spring looking for a few players to fill a hole or two.

“I was real pleased with some of the new guys on defense,” McKissick said. “Some of those young guys like Khalid Katz look great to me.”

Katz, a freshman defensive lineman, was on the varsity squad last season but played a lot with the JV team.

Overall, McKissick considers the 2014 spring practice a success.

“We use the spring to find out who doesn’t mind getting in the briar patch, who has the enthusiasm and wants to play,” McKissick said. “I’d say we found some of that.”

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