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GR Press Season Preview

Posted Wednesday, August 26, 2009 by Grand Rapids Press
Article can also be viewed at: http://highschoolsports.mlive.com/news/article/6100617376304285641/2009-football-outlook-east-kentwood/

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2009 football outlook: East Kentwood

, August 26, 2009 10:17 a.m.

  • Head coach: Greg Hudkins, second year
  • Assistants: Jeremy Gasper (defense), Phil Morrow (running backs and defensive line), Vince Mayfield (receivers and defensive backs), Brian Michaels (linebackers andoffensive line), Justin Robbins (line), Tim Wauben (assistant)
  • Last year: 1-7 O-K Red, 2-7 overall
  • Starters back: (9 offense, 7 defense) Senior running backs Deonte Hurst, Jamaal Thomas and DeShawn Nelson, senior quarterback Jon Henry, senior offensive lineman Reid Orchard, Austin Caster, Mike Ward, Nate Smith and Bobby Martin, senior defensive lineman Desmond Couch, Raahiem Oliver and Demarrious Weems, Hurst and Nelson in the secondary, senior linebacker Bryant Price, senior linebacker Marcus Hayes and kicker/punter Quaid Anderson
  • Key departures: Wide receiver Christian Jessie
  • Key 2008 statistics: Hurst was the second-leading rusher on the team with 500 yards and the second-leading receiver with 350 yards. Nelson led the team with more than 600 receiving yards.
  • Strengths: Speed. Much of the spring's Division 1 state track champs return to the football field. Nelson and Hurst give the Falcons a solid one-two punch in the backfield, and Henry is reportedly being recruited by Division I schools as a defensive back. Quaid Anderson is ranked the state's No. 1 punter by Prokicker.com.
  • Concerns: While there are 16 starters back, making the Falcons one of the most experienced teams in the O-K Red, They hasn't had a winning season since 2004 (6-4).
  • Coach speak: "We should be improved."- Greg Hudkins
  • Player speak: "I think we"re definitely going to be overlooked, but we're a team that can make a move." - Jon Henry
  • Circle this date: Sept. 3 against Inkster and the state's No. 1 quarterback, Devin Gardner, who will attend the University of Michigan.
  • Fast fact: Senior Devin Jones is the team's unquestioned spiritual leader. Legally blind, Jones came back from being mauled by a pit bull as a youngster to receive three votes as the team's MVP in 2008 ­- despite never starting a game.
  • Stadium: Falcon Stadium, 6230 Kalamazoo Ave. SE
  • Web site: kentwoodps.org

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