Saturday, July 5, 2014
In a just a matter of time, the proverbial bullets from defenses will be flying for real at all quarterback candidates.
Passing tournaments in July present the last opportunities to get some valuable repetitions before the season dawns a month later. Any little bit of practice can help.
The Stratford Knights are hosting a three-day 7 on 7 passing tournament July 15-17 and there is a quarterback going on at SHS. Two players are vying for the spot left behind by 2013 Mr. Football Jacob Park.
"We are still in a battle at the quarterback position," Knights offensive coordinator Dennie McDaniel said. "Right now Jamison Mobbs is a little ahead but JD Davis has shown some good things this summer. Even though this is only 7 on 7, we can get good, quality reps. We can work on timing with our WRs. It is a important to the development of our offense."
Seven other teams will compete against the Knights in the tournament. Hanahan, which won the Air it Out tournament at Fort Dorchester last month, is probably the favorite to win. The Hawks also have a duel at quarterback between Walt Fagan and Christian Leake.
Goose Creek, Berkeley, Timberland, Bishop England, Stall and West Ashley round out the field.
Games begin at 9 a.m. each morning.
"We are not too concerned with the score at these 7 on 7s," McDaniel said. "We try to work on different concepts during each game. Nobody brags in December about being 7 on 7 champs in the summer."
The first official day of practice for the new football season is Aug. 1. The first full-gear scrimmages are allowed Aug. 7.
The first real games of the season will be held Aug. 21 in what has become known as Week 0. The first full slate of games will be Aug. 28.