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Saks head coach Jonathan Miller watches his team during a Wildcat practice Thursday afternoon at Saks High School. Saks opens the season August 24 at Alabama Christian Academy. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)

Five things to know about Saks

—Right tackle Jaylen Childs might have been the biggest beneficiary from Saks’ deep playoff run a year ago. It was his first year at tackle, after moving from tight end, and the extra development in big games made a difference, Saks coach Jonathan Miller said.

—How to describe right guard/defensive tackle Marreo Thomas? He has the power and can build momentum with good feet for a big man. “You don’t want to be standing in front of that train when it’s coming through,” Miller said.

—A name to watch for this season is outside linebacker and running back T.J. Gibbs. He was becoming a name last season, when an injury took him out of action. The senior hopes to have a full season to show what Saks watchers missed for much of last season.

—Miller enters the 2018 season 58-15 in seven season as Saks’ head coach, with three seasons of double-digit wins. His teams have reached the semifinals twice.

—Miller was also defensive coordinator during Clint Smith’s football revival at Saks, and Miller’s defensive mindset has carried forward. His teams have given up half as many points (1,320) as they’ve scored (2,626) during Miller’s years as head coach.

Sports Writer Joe Medley: 256-235-3576. On Twitter: @jmedley_star.