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Coach Jeff Foshee leads the Mustangs through warm-ups.
Coach Jeff Foshee leads the Mustangs through warm-ups.

Young Mustangs ready for Tigers in Spring scrimmage

Published 12:40pm Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Stanhope Elmore Mustangs stampede onto the Henderson-Foshee gridiron tonight against the visiting Auburn Tigers to cap the 2013 spring training period.

“I want to see them line up and play extremely hard  and not make too many mistakes,” said Jeff Foshee, coach of the Mustangs. “You’re looking for that and you’re looking to get out of this period with no injuries.”

Kickoff for tonight’s game is at 6 and there is a $5 admission.

Bishop Frazier will run the Stanhope Elmore offense as the Mustangs have shaken off their traditional look in favor of a no-huddle attack.

“I like the huddle,” said Foshee. “Everyone calls it old school, but you see teams in the NFL huddle. But, because we are so young, we’ve gone to wrist bands and can get almost  three times the reps. More snaps means we are getting more work in.”

Foshee added the change was to accommodate the number of new faces on the field tonight. Coming into the 2013 season, Foshee and his staff must replace 14 starters —including quarterback — due to graduation.

“A lot of our young guys have stepped up and done well,” said Foshee.

He highlighted the work of Frazier at quarterback and B.J. Smith at tailback. Frazier replaces Brandon Wilson. Smith will step in to replace Dre Beck. Beck and Wilson will have their names called next week, but it will be to accept diplomas at Stanhope’s commencement exercises.

Tyler Matthews will take a more prominent role at wideout as the Mustangs lose both Roger Young and Corbin Shaw.

Defensively, Kip Willis returns to anchor the Mustangs defensive line.

Tonight’s scrimmage will be a controlled affair, with the Stanhope and Auburn coaches both aiming to evaluate a lot of talent while keeping everybody healthy.

“We are going to go with the younger guys first,” said Foshee. “We’ll get the ball for 10 plays and then they will. And we’ll rotate like that.”

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