Tigers look­ing to fi­nal­ize depth chart

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL -

BEN­TONVILLE — Fri­day’s morn­ing show­ers caused Ben­tonville to con­clude its sec­ond week of pre­sea­son drills with a scrim­mage in­side the Tiger Ath­letic Com­plex.

The Tigers con­ducted 6 a.m. prac­tices each day, and the coach­ing staff spent the sec­ond week look­ing for a lit­tle sep­a­ra­tion from their play­ers.

“Early on, ev­ery­body was get­ting reps and ev­ery­body was get­ting an op­por­tu­nity,” Ben­tonville coach Jody Grant said. “Each week, the depth chart is ad­dressed, and the fo­cus be­comes more on the var­sity — ones and twos. Sopho­more reps de­crease, but they still get reps.

“We’re just try­ing to find peo­ple and fit them in the right places. We have some guys in the two spots that are com­pet­ing for the one spots, and we wanted to heat up those com­pe­ti­tions. That’s specif­i­cally what we did in our scrim­mage.”

Grant said those on the de­fen­sive line have caught his eye dur­ing this week of drills, par­tic­u­larly some younger play­ers that can bring length to the po­si­tion as they learn their roles. The Tigers like to ro­tate play­ers in their three-man de­fen­sive front, so depth be­comes an is­sue there. Grant said he feels like there are six or seven who can play those spots.

An­other in­ter­est­ing bat­tle is at in­side line­backer with play­ers com­pet­ing for play­ing time.

“It’s a good prob­lem to have that kind of sit­u­a­tion be­cause you have qual­ity play­ers,” Grant said. “But we have to make some de­ci­sions on some guys. That’s what this week was about.”

Ben­tonville will shift to its nor­mal af­ter­noon rou­tine Mon­day when classes be­gin, and Grant said the Tigers will go through a mock game week.

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