Green Wave Football is hard at work

Running back K.J. Rollins is one of the players Green Wave coaches have high expectations for this summer.

The Green Wave Football team has to replace several talented athletes from last year’s squad, but the offseason is shaping up to be a promising one.

Summerville lost a quarterback who passed for more than 2,200 yards and was a finalist for the prestigious South Carolina Mr. Football Award in 2018 plus the receiver who led his position group in scoring. The Green Wave also lost nine defensive starters to graduation.

However, the team is back to work and seems to be making progress on filling its holes.

“We had a good spring practice,” Summerville coach Joe Call said. “It was different from last spring because last year we had so many returning starters and I’m pleased with the way our staff worked with some of these young players. We have a fast-learning group of athletes and many of them are developing quickly.”

Summerville followed a 4-1 performance at the Coastal Carolina University 7 on 7 passing competition this month with a 3-2 performance at the University of South Carolina passing competition.

On June 20, Summerville will participate in a 7 on 7 competition at Cane Bay before traveling to Charlotte for the Carolina Panthers’ passing camp. It will then wrap up its summer skills players’ events with a competition at Fort Dorchester July 10.

Two candidates have risen to the top of the battle to replace Green Wave quarterback Jonathan Bennett, rising sophomore Colby Shirey and rising junior Ryan Traylor. Shirey, who played most of the Summerville Junior Varsity games last season but also dressed out for the varsity on Friday nights, has been working the most with the Wave’s first group this offseason.

Summerville returns two running backs who saw starts for the varsity last year, K.J. Rollins and Derrion Larry. They combined for approximately 1,000 rushing yards last season.

The Green Wave returns wide out Brody Hopkins, but needs a slot receiver to step up and make some of the contributions Andre Banks made last season.

Summerville does have some experienced linemen on offense. Rising senior Adam McKanna, a three-year starter who is drawing a lot of interest from college recruiters, will be expected to lead the way for that group in the fall.

On the defensive side of the ball, linebacker Luke Taylor and lineman Xavier Davis will be counted on to anchor a group of less experienced defenders and help them get up to speed.

“They both did a good job last year and Luke’s brothers were good leaders for us so I’m sure he will get the job done,” Call said. “While we don’t have many defensive starters returning, we do have some guys who played some last year.”