JSU notebook: Clark gives scholarships to four players
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)
JACKSONVILLE – Contributions of walk-ons have never been lost on Jacksonville State coach Bill Clark, and Friday he handed out battlefield promotions to four players who have distinguished themselves this preseason.

Clark extended scholarship aid to redshirt sophomore quarterback Kyle West, redshirt sophomore outside linebacker Santavious Oden, senior safety Ace Lockheart and redshirt junior defensive lineman Chad Coleman.

He will make a formal presentation in front of the team during today’s scrimmage.

“It’s just neat to watch those guys … and see their faces when you tell them,” Clark said. “In the spring we felt like we were going to do it.”

West is in the mix to become the Gamecocks’ starting quarterback, but has not played in a game. Oden had four tackles (two in the Arkansas game) in six games. Lockheart, a junior college transfer, had three tackles in eight. Coleman recorded six tackles in six games last year. played in six games last season

Clark said more rewards may be coming.

DOUBLING UP: In addition to his usual work at receiver, sophomore Telvin Brown has been working out with the running backs this preseason. At least he was Friday.

It wouldn’t seem likely Brown will be a regular in the backfield anytime soon, but the skills he can develop with the backs certainly will enhance his effectiveness.

“It just accentuates what he does,” Clark said. “We think that’s just good football to go back there, have to look balls in, tuck them away. He’s got God-given skills, we probably can’t teach him a lot, but it’s just good running back fundamentals that a guy who’s going to get the ball a lot of different ways you do want to do it.”

Brown is the Gamecocks’ top returning receiver. He caught 11 balls for 257 yards and two touchdowns last season, but he also had six rushes for 19 yards.
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