Clark looking for gamers at JSU scrimmage Saturday
by Al Muskewitz
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Jacksonville State coach Bill Clark at the Gamecocks' media day. (Photo by Stephen Gross/The Anniston Star)
Jacksonville State coach Bill Clark at the Gamecocks' media day. (Photo by Stephen Gross/The Anniston Star)
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JACKSONVILLE -- For the better part of a week, Bill Clark has surrounded himself with Gamecocks. Now, he's looking for gamers.

The Jacksonville State football team goes through its first preseason scrimmage Saturday. What Clark and his staff will be looking for players who can be counted upon when it's game time.

"We're looking for ones," Clark said. "Saturday will be more game-like than anything we do. It's who goes out there in game-time and performs."

While there may be some positions that are locked, several still remain wide open ‹ not so much from a starter/backup standpoint, but elevating the competitive balance within a position's rotation so there is no drop off.

Take the quarterback spot. All three of the contenders ‹ Minnesota transfer Max Shortell, Eli Jenkins and Kyle West ‹ bring a different skill set to the position, but all remain close on the grading chart.

"I was thinking about this the other day," Clark said. "I don't know that we have tons of dominant people, but I think we're getting more good players.

"We put in so many technical things to get you to be a gamer, but now it's time. Everything we're doing is getting ready for the game."

The first half of the scrimmage will be game-like. The second half will be situational, because there could be situations they don't see in the game-like setting.

With that in mind, Friday's two-a-day workouts were more about teaching and getting their legs fresh.

"Because we want to go into Saturday fresh to truly evaluate somebody," Clark said.

The scrimmage is closed to the public.
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