Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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August 27, 2013

Pirates looking to use speed

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Light is the team's biggest player at 6-foot-0 and 300 pounds, which could be useful on a smaller team.

 

"Hunter Light played in youth football and hasn't been back since," Maynard said. "He's been a surprise throughout camp and the summer He's pretty light on his feet for 300 pounds."

 

Mixing up the offense will be key for the Pirates, and things have gone well early.

 

Maynard said he was happy with how the team performed throughout the summer and in the 7-on-7 season, especially on offense.

 

"We had a good summer," he said. "If we're going to throw it, we're not going to be nervous about it. (But) you've got be able to run the ball between the tackles, and we're going to do that."

 

Ethan Kemper also moves from running back to tight end, and is one of the team's retuning linebackers on defense. Elwood will anchor the team's secondary.

 

The defense was stout last year, and to be stout again this year, it'll be about scheme and finding some new players. Most of the team's defensive standouts, like Jamin Repp, have moved on from the program after graduation.

 

"We've got kids who are going to be first-year starters," Maynard said. "We're putting in a scheme that we think will be an aggressive style of play and matches the abilities of our players. An attribute of ours is the speed we possess."

 

One of those new players is Cory Judson, who will step in at linebacker in his junior year.

 

"He's a downhill player, a nose-to-the-football kind of kid," Maynard said.

 

No matter who plays, Maynard will have to find a winning combination with a 34-man roster.

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