A couple of talented athletes experienced a change of scenery as football practice started last week for Georgia High School Association schools.
D.J. Tyson, a standout running back, has transferred from Greenbrier High School to Grovetown High School for his senior season.
Greenbrier head coach Brian Smith said he's not concerned about the offense despite losing Tyson. He said things have run smoothly during the first week of practice.
Warriors head coach Rodney Holder said Tyson has fit in well with sophomore Jamal Cummings and the team's other running backs.
Tyson has a ton of potential. It should be interesting to see what affect he has on Grovetown's offense this season.
While the Warriors gained one athlete, they lost one with a transfer to another Columbia County school.
Myles McDavid has transferred to Evans High School for the upcoming school year. The junior has already meshed with the Knights' offense, head coach Marty Jackson said.
"He's said all the right things, and we're excited about having him," Jackson said. "He said he's going to do whatever he can to help the team win."
Jackson said he plans to use McDavid in several different spots on the field. During the first week of practice, he was primarily playing wide receiver and defensive back.
While quarterback is a position that takes a little more time to develop, Jackson said McDavid will get some reps under center.
The coach said Glenn Cassedy is out in front in the battle to be the Knights' starting QB. Michael Gaines and Eddie Johnson also are options.
McDavid is not just a force on the gridiron. He's an outstanding basketball player who likely will be getting attention from Division I schools. He runs track, too.
Kids say the darndest things
As I ventured to the practice field to interview Nicole Hudson, head coach of the Burgaw (N.C.) squad in the Dixie Ponytails World Series, I got a dose of reality from a 12-year-old.
With several team members within earshot, I told Hudson that I was with the Columbia County News-Times .
One team member then shouted, "You're with the newspaper ? Aw, man, I want to be on TV!"
And here I thought people liked to be in the paper. I still think most of them do, but television has a different kind of appeal for children.
As I looked around after that comment, there were no TV cameras to be seen. I guess she didn't get her wish.
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