Preps Preview: Howard Hustlin' Tigers

Preps Preview: Howard Hustlin' Tigers

August 17th, 2012 in Sports - Preps

The Howard High School football team rallies around a football at the beginning of practice.

Photo by Jake Daniels/Times Free Press.

Fan's guide to this year's Howard Hustlin' Tigers

Coach: Michael Calloway (0-9 beginning second year here) Stadium: Red Gaston Stadium Address: 2500 South Market St., Chattanooga, TN 37408

THREE STRENGTHS

1) The defensive line will be a plus with big Brandon Walters (6-8, 279) and Xavier Harris (6-3, 232) as the anchors. They may be standing up at the snap and coming through to disrupt.

2) Running back could be a strength with senior LaWayane Ruffin, but coaches would feel better if they knew the offensive line would develop. A definite leader is center Antonio Woodall. If they didn't play until September the Tigers might have been able to develop depth before beginning, but their opener is Aug. 17.

3) Defensive secondary. Calloway believes this group can give opposing quarterbacks and receivers a tough night. The most talented and experienced are safety Rashad Brummitt, cornerback Jeremy Davis and rover Kentarius Hampton, whom coaches are expecting to have a breakout season.

THREE CONCERNS

1) Small quarterbacks are a concern although Terrance Brooks (5-8) started six games a year ago. Fellow junior Lorenzo McCauley (5-8) is working behind him, and starting slotback Brummitt (55-10) also may take some snaps.

2) There is a need for more linemen. "When we go to practice, I have one coach for wide receivers and he's trying to coach 20 kids," Calloway said. "If they were linemen, that would be fine." He has enough for a starting offensive line, but depth is an issue. He is hoping to keep senior prospect Walters fresh for defense, but Walters could eventually return to starting on both sides of the ball.

3) The Tigers are long on punt- and kick-return candidates but are looking for punters and kickers.

Three questions with ...

RASHAD BRUMMITT

Howard running back

Q: The Tigers went 0-9 last year. How tough was that and how does it affect your goals?

A: It's hard, a tough way to learn, but you find out who's really with you. Our goal? To win for sure. What we ended the season with last year [21 players] is back this year. I think everybody learned from that season."

Q: Best leader on this team?

A: The whole offensive line.

Q: Of all the gadgets you have access to, which is your favorite?

A: My cell phone, without question. I keep in touch with a lot of people.

BY THE NUMBERS

3 - Head coaches Howard has had this century, including Herman Coulter, who was the head coach from 1993 to 2004. The personable Coulter will be the defensive coordinator this year.

6 - Winning seasons for the Hustlin' Tigers in the past decade. Most of those belong to Alvin Tarver, whose 2005-10 span included a best year of 9-2 in 2008.

21 - Total Hustlin' Tigers at the end of the 2011 season. Calloway has been seeing 38 on a regular basis this preseason and still hopes to bolster the overall numbers with more freshmen. He has 55 helmets and would love to have a player for each.

2011 stats leaders

stats unavailable

Recent history

They were 0-9 in 2011, leading Coach Calloway to tell the players there was only one way to go and that was up. Here's a look at the regular-season win total for the last five years:

Season

2011(0)

2010--------(8)

200--(2)

2008---------(9)

2007--------(8)

Schedule

Aug. 17 at Franklin County, 8

Aug. 31 at Hixson*

Sept. 7 at Boyd-Buchanan

Sept. 14 at Central*

Sept. 21 Greater Atlanta Christian

Sept. 28 Brainerd*

Oct. 5 at East Ridge*

Oct. 12 Red Bank*

Oct. 19 Tyner*

Oct. 26 East Hamilton*

*District 6-AA game

Games start at 7:30 except where noted.

Roster

1 Terrance Brooks Junior

2 Deaunte Evans Srnior

3 Lorenzo McCauley Junior

4 LaWayne Ruffin Senior

5 Rashad Brummitt Senior

6 Cudjoe Young Junior

7 Cordarius Talley Junior

9 Xavier Harris Senior

10 Jeremy Davis Junior

11 Terrance Calhoun Sophomore

12 Tyrell Bell Junior

14 Cedrick Ricks Senior

15 Rhyeem Finley Sophomore

16 Keyshawn King Freshman

17 Roderick McCauley Senior

20 Antonio Smith Senior

21 Demetrick Wynn Sophomore

22 JaDarius Knox Senior

23 Chris Walton Senior

24 Brian Hammonds Senior

25 Ladarius Griffith Senior

27 Ronardo Bussey Senior

28 Antonio Smartt Senior

29 Destin Henderson Freshman

30 Kentarius Hampton Junior

33 Darius Shannon Junior

34 Ronald Wigfall Senior

40 John Pendergrass Freshman

41 Courtney Clay Senior

42 Reginald Cox Senior

43 D'Marquis Bell Junior

52 Ralph James Senior

54 Hunter Coleman Senior

55 Chevelle Gladden Junior

60 Price Gray Freshman

62 Courtney Morris Senior

64 Antonio Woodall Senior

74 Brandon Walters Senior

81 Eric Phinazee Freshman