Gamecocks Hold Kicking Scrimmage Thursday

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Jacksonville, Ala. – With the season opener just nine days away, Jacksonville State used Thursday’s practice as a kicking scrimmage and head coach Jack Crowe was pleased with the results.
 
“We are involved now in putting game pieces together,” Crowe said following the two-hour kicking scrimmage. “A part of the game that a lot of people give lip service to…is the kicking game. It can decide the outcome quicker than any other part of the offense or defense.”
 
Crowe said the staff would evaluate the film from the scrimmage to set the special teams’ depth chart in preparation for the Sept. 1 opener at Arkansas.
 
“It’s a kicking day,” Crowe said. “We are trying to put all the kicking elements together, the flow of the game and make a final evaluation who the special team players are.
 
“Just how special are our special people,” said Crowe. “It’s very critical day that we get this on film and get some evaluation.”
 
Crowe did mention the play of East Limestone High School product Leon Jones.
 
“Every time we come out here with young players, you see something,” Crowe said. “Leon Jones, a true freshman, just really has made some plays. It was like a light came on and we will see if it keeps up.”
 
Jones finished his senior season with more than 150 tackles, including 17 for loss, and was a first-team all-district and all-region selection both as a junior and senior.

Courtesy JSU Media Relations