CATEGORY: FOC College Football

AUTHOR: WHEELE

HED:Indian defense going through midweek lull

By D.E. Wheeler

Daily Journal

FULTON The season opener is exactly a week away, and Jay Miller has his Itawamba Community College Indians going through the paces in preparation of that first game.

"Things are going along pretty good this week," Miller said as his Indians get ready to travel to Gulf Coast Community College in D'Iberville Thursday. "We're hoping for a good outing next Thursday, and then we'll know about any unanswered questions."

Miller is pleased with how the Indian offense has progressed since practice started, and how the unit is working around some off-season injuries to the line.

"The offense had their lull early," Miller said. "Now they're looking better, looking sharper."

While the ICC offense is progressing well, Miller feels his highly touted defense is going through a lull this week.

"We were looking good for a while, but now that we've started working on our game plan for Gulf Coast, we've had a little lull," Miller said. "But that happens.

"Legs get tired, brains get tired, and we've got to give them a chance to catch up."

Besides the progress of the offense, one other area Miller has been pleased with in recent practices has been the Itawamba special teams. And that includes punter and long field goal specialist Drew Hagan of Amory and extra point specialist Ricky Shoup of Shannon.

"Both of them are doing extremely well and they're looking good in practice," Miller said. "And as a whole, I'm pretty pleased with the kicking teams.

"I think that's one-third of the football game, and you have to be ready for that part first. I don't want to lose that battle, and I feel we work harder than anybody else on special teams."

After the season opener with Gulf Coast, ICC is on the road for a second straight week against defending state champion Hinds at Raymond Sept. 11. Itawamba's home opener is against Pearl River on Sept. 18.

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