position with Cornell White and Clayton Anderson.
“Marcus is probably one of the smarter football players that I’ve got,” Hoffman said. “We expect him to play a solid game.”
Williams will also see time on defense, where Alcovy will field its strongest unit.
“Defensively, they’re going to have to carry us early,” Hoffman said. “We’re still looking for some timing issues on offense. At times, we look pretty good on offense and at times, we struggle a bit. Timing is not where it needs to be right now.”
However, Hoffman seems to be excited about his team’s defense and is hoping it can carry Alcovy through the first part of the season.
“Defensively, we’re going to be fun to watch,” Hoffman said.
The Tigers’ defense will be challenged right away as Jones County will bring one of the toughest running backs of the season in senior Undre Williams.
“Jones County has a lot of kids back and its running back is one of the better ones, in my mind, in Georgia,” Hoffman said. “We’re going to see how disciplined of a football team we are come Thursday.”
Jones County came just one game shy of the playoffs last season, falling in the play-in game which Williams missed due to injury.
He is healthy and ready to go Thursday, and will be featured heavily in the Greyhounds’ WingT offense.
“Their coach, over there, does an outstanding job,” Hoffman said. “He’s going to line up and play hard-nosed football. He’s going to run the ball first.”
The Tigers and the Greyhounds shared a region a year ago, but Jones County advanced up only one classification, while Alcovy moved up two.
After playing nine of its 10 regular season games as region matchups a year ago, the Tigers will play six region opponents this season. The fewer amount of region opponents allowed Alcovy to schedule Jones County, along with Perry, Eastside and Jackson as non-region opponents.
But regardless of which region the Tigers’ first foe comes from, they are eager to get the 2012 season started.
“I don’t think there’s a head coach out there in high school football who’s not eager to get things going and get the first game under their belt,” Hoffman said. “Players and coaches work so hard in the preseason and all summer kind of an excitement builds up for the first game.”
Robert Bullard runs the ball for Alcovy during the Tigers preseson exhibition game.