HUNTSVILLE, Ala.- On August 19th, the Jaguars will take the field wearing their classic blue and gold, but it's not the Johnson Jaguars you'll see at Louis Crews Stadium. They're now the Mae Jemison Jaguars.
New school, new coaching staff, same Jags. Although the season opener against Calera will be the first game in the school's history, it's the same successful group of young men that suited up for Johnson last year.
"We are super athletic, said new head coach Kelvis White. "We have some very athletic kids, but at the same time we have some very disciplined kids. This senior class is full of leaders, those guys kind of lead the way at practice. Hopefully that can go on into the season."
Most new programs just hope to compete, but that's not the case at Jemison. The Jaguars plan on winning and are confident this year will last longer than 10 regular season games.
"I think we have a great talent level," offensive lineman Samate Lampton said. "If you have heart, you can go far. I think we can go into a playoff position and get some rings."
Lofty goals, but you have to kick off a new program and school the right way.
"We do want to start our own traditions and new legacies. We talk to the guys about that," said White. "They're excited about moving forward, this senior class being the first senior class at Mae Jemison, they wanna leave a really good impression."
Last year's Johnson team finished with a 7-3 record but did forfeit four of those wins for playing an ineligible player. White's Jemison squad boasts 15 seniors including running back Daquon Godfrey. White expects Godfrey to play a big role with the departure of Jarius Grayson.