Look for new coaches on Bull­dogs side­lines this year

The Standard Journal - - PIGSKIN PREVIEW - By Lo­gan Mad­dox lo­ganseth­mad­[email protected]

Head Coach Doyle Kel­ley had a big de­ci­sion to make this Spring.

His of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor, Jacob Kel­ley, had an­nounced his in­ten­tion to be­come the newest head coach of the Chero­kee County War­riors in Cen­tre, Alabama. Who would he pick? As Kel­ley ex­plained, it was all about fa­mil­iar­ity and tal­ent.

“I chose to pro­mote Benji Fra­zier as the of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor when Jacob left,” Kel­ley ex­plained. “I coached Benji when he was in high school and I am very fa­mil­iar with his philoso­phies and hard work. I knew it would be a great fit.”

The Ath­letic Di­rec­tor and Bull­dogs head foot­ball coach was right on with his pre­dic­tion.

“Since Benji started, he has been hard at work with th­ese guys,” Kel­ley said. “He is very knowl­edge­able on the of­fen­sive side of the ball. He is re­ally al­low­ing the guys to show off their strengths and hope­fully it will help us a lot come fall.”

Fra­zier has been a mem­ber of the Cedar­town High School foot­ball staff for a while, but will fi­nally have his chance to run the of­fense in 2019.

Long be­fore he was the boys bas­ket­ball coach at Cedar­town, Benji Fra­zier was a stand­out de­fender at Mars Hill Univer­sity in North Carolina. In fact, Fra­zier was named a first team All-South Atlantic Con­fer­ence de­fen­sive back in 1994 and 1995 and made the se­cond team in 1993.

Fra­zier has ob­vi­ously switched sides of the ball since, and will now lead the Cedar­town of­fense.

One item isn’t chang­ing: Bob Tracy re­turns as Run­ning Back Coach, and will work with Fra­zier to get the Bull­dogs of­fense to put their best foot for­ward this year.

Levi Wigley, who has re­cently coached at Cedar­town Mid­dle School, is the new Wide Re­ceivers coach at Cedar­town. Other new ad­di­tions to the of­fen­sive coach­ing staff in­clude Quarterbac­k coach Mac Lou­d­er­milk and Tight End coach Jeff Col­lier.

For­mer Bull­dogs great Courtney Ham­mock is back as the Of­fen­sive Line coach too.

Jeremy Ruark will re­turn as the De­fen­sive Co­or­di­na­tor in 2019. Ruark has spear­headed some of the tough­est de­fenses in Ge­or­gia over the past cou­ple seasons.

Serv­ing with him will be De­fen­sive Line coach Mike Wor­thing­ton and De­fen­sive Back coaches Zach Chubb and Jimmy Easter­wood. The afore­men­tioned Jeff Col­lier will split du­ties be­tween Tight Ends and Lineback­ers this sea­son.

Bull­dog Spe­cial Teams will be led by Coach Bob Tracy once more this campaign. How­ever, the new ad­di­tion here is as­sis­tant Mac Lou­d­er­milk.

Mac, the son of for­mer Cedar­town coach Mark Lou­d­er­milk, was a stel­lar punter at Cen­tral Florida over the past few seasons, and is al­ready one of the big­gest as­sis­tant sign­ings in the re­gion this off­sea­son.

Coach Benji Fra­zier (right) is tak­ing over of­fen­sive du­ties this sea­son for the Cedar­town Bull­dogs foot­ball team.

De­fen­sive Line coach Mike Wor­thing­ton (left) worked with play­ers dur­ing sum­mer prac­tice.

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