New­ton Rams stand­outs get a look into their fu­ture

The Covington News - - SPORTS & LIVING - GABRIEL STOVALL gsto­vall@cov­news.com

AT­LANTA — Josh Tukes and Jaquan Hen­der­son got a glimpse of their fu­ture Fri­day night.

The New­ton Rams pair of foot­ball stand­outs were in at­ten­dance Fri­day dur­ing Ge­or­gia Tech’s an­nual Gold vs. White Spring Foot­ball game at His­toric Bobby Dodd Sta­dium, and it did noth­ing but whet their ap­petite for what’s to come as they’ll step on cam­pus as fresh­man this sum­mer.

Hen­der­son, a four-star prospect, ended up sign­ing with Ge­or­gia Tech af­ter dal­liances with UCLA and Ten­nessee, while Tukes is com­ing on board as a pre­ferred walk-on af­ter a solid ca­reer on New­ton’s de­fen­sive line.

Sports ed­i­tor, Gabriel Stovall, chat­ted with both fu­ture Jack­ets about their ex­pe­ri­ence Fri­day night and ex­pec­ta­tions go­ing for­ward.

Q&A with Jaquan Hen­der­son

The Cov­ing­ton News: De­scribe the ex­pe­ri­ence you had at Ge­or­gia Tech’s Spring Game. What im­pressed you

most? What were you most ex­cited about?

Jaquan Hen­der­son: “It was a great day for me to be there. I saw them com­pete hard and it made me happy to see that. The thing that most im­pressed me is the turnout of the crowd that came out to sup­port us. I think what ex­cites me most is just that I can’t wait to get out and help prove the peo­ple wrong that’s doubt­ing this team right now.”

TCN: What are you most look­ing for­ward to about play­ing at Tech next sea­son? Hen­der­son: “Com­pet­ing. Just be­ing able to com­pete on a new level. I’m ready to go out there and start com­pet­ing for a na­tional championship with some very hum­ble and hun­gry guys.” TCN: How will it feel to know you’ve got a New­ton brother in Josh Tukes with you when Au­gust comes?

Hen­der­son: “Man, it’s go­ing to feel great know­ing that I have a fam­ily mem­ber out there that’s go­ing to work hard with me and who’s go­ing to grow to­gether with me as a man.”

TCN: What did you like about the

way the team played on the field Fri­day night, and how do you see your­self fit­ting in?

Hen­der­son: “Just that the guys played hard, even through their mis­takes. And even though it was a spring game, they re­ally com­peted. As for how I see my­self fit­ting in, I want to see my­self as a cover guy.”

Q&A with Josh Tukes

The Cov­ing­ton News: De­scribe the ex­pe­ri­ence you had at Ge­or­gia Tech’s Spring Game. What im­pressed you most? What were you most ex­cited about?

Josh Tukes: “The ex­pe­ri­ence that I had Fri­day night was like no other. I was most im­pressed by the ef­fort that the play­ers showed. They were re­ally out here com­pet­ing for their spots, and you could tell they wanted it. I was most ex­cited about watch­ing this game with the thought of me putting on a Yel­low Jacket uni­form in the years to come.”

TCN: What are you most look­ing for­ward to about play­ing at Tech

next sea­son?

Tukes: “Im mostly look­ing for­ward to de­vel­op­ing my body and my skill set, and learn­ing the de­fense. It’s all go­ing to be a ma­jor process, and I’m just look­ing for­ward to get­ting this process started.”

TCN: How will it feel to know you’ve got a New­ton brother in Jaquan Hen­der­son with you when Au­gust comes?

Tukes: “Know­ing that I’ll have Jaquan there will calm me down a bit, ac­tu­ally. Hav­ing some­one I’ve known pretty much all my life is go­ing to feel like I have some­one that I know has my back from the jump.”

TCN: What did you like about the way the team played on the field Fri­day night, and how do you see your­self fit­ting in?

Tukes: “I like the fact that they ac­tu­ally com­peted and didn’t take any plays off, from what I saw, even though it was a spring game. I re­ally see my­self fit­ting in by get­ting a role on spe­cial teams and by maybe block­ing some punts or some­thing like that, and hope­fully work­ing my way into the de­fen­sive line ro­ta­tion once I de­velop some more.”

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Josh Tukes, left, and Jaquan Hen­der­son visit His­toric Bobby Dodd Sta­dium dur­ing Fri­day’s Ge­or­gia Tech spring game. Hen­der­son, a four-star prospect, signed a schol­ar­ship with the Yel­low Jack­ets, while Tukes signed on as a pre­ferred walk on.

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