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Greer football begins spring contact drills today

STAFF REPORTS
Published on Thursday, May 10, 2012

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Emmanuel Kelly has a little fun during a water break during spring conditioning practices. He is expected to get some repetitions at quarterback during spring practice. Head Coach Wlll Young is looking for a replacement for graduated Reese Hannon.

Emmanuel Kelly has a little fun during a water break during spring conditioning practices. He is expected to get some repetitions at quarterback during spring practice. Head Coach Wlll Young is looking for a replacement for graduated Reese Hannon.



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Jackson Tipton (13) participates in a drill that focuses on gaining the best position on a receiver during a pass route. Tipton, a rising sophomore, is listed at defensive back.

Jackson Tipton (13) participates in a drill that focuses on gaining the best position on a receiver during a pass route. Tipton, a rising sophomore, is listed at defensive back.



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Greer football players only need to look over their shoulder in the distance to see the landmark water tower that displays each state championship the Yellow Jackets have won. 

Greer football players only need to look over their shoulder in the distance to see the landmark water tower that displays each state championship the Yellow Jackets have won. 

Greer’s football team begins spring contact drills today at its school practice field.

Head Football Coach Will Young and his staff have worked the Yellow Jackets three days without pads, mandated by the South Carolina High School League. The freshmen, who participated in conditioning and instruction drills, will be dismissed until summer practice.

The final day of conditioning drills Wednesday was abbreviated because of a wet playing field produced by morning rains. Several track athletes are missing from practice as they compete at the state championships Saturday in Columbia.

• Josh Gentry, Emmanuel Kelly and Jonathan Adkins shared quarterback duties during Wednesday’s drills. Gentry backed up senior Reese Hannon last year, Kelly was promoted to the varsity and played on offense and defense midway through the season and Adkins saw limited playing time at QB.

• Raymond Booker, defensive lineman, has been bulking up with the weights since he end of his sophomore season. He has benched 355 pounds, squat 550 and clean and jerk 275, among the best on the team. Booker said he has more purpose coming into the spring drills. “I want to carry what I do into the summer and next season,” he said. “I’ve been working harder and want to play more this year. I’m older and the experience has helped me read offenses better.”

• The Yellow Jackets have had one of the more pleasant spring practices with the temperature Wednesday at 4 p.m. registering 69 degrees with a light breeze to make it feel cooler. Sunny and a high in the mid-70s is predicted for today’s practice.

• Greer’s spring game is next Friday, May 18 at 6 p.m.

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