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football team, will be difficult to replace in the backfield, but Greenwood is enjoying the competition to replace him and believes he has several different styles of runners potentially on the field on Friday nights. "We had an early injury with one of our running backs," said Greenwood. "But we have some younger running backs. Isaac Dan (5-6, 160) is taking the majority of the snaps right now. We also have Reegan Addison (5-10, 164) and he will be getting some reps. We are also just moving some people around to make sure we have enough due to the injury." Greenwood complimented Dan's performance in an earlier team camp versus Farmington and Bentonville West and said Dan's vision is one of his strengths. Lining up behind center is quarter- back Tajae White (5-7, 143). The senior returns after rushing for over 900 yards (10 TD) in 2017 to go along with 794 pass- ing yards (6 TD). The speedy White has had a learning curve adjusting to a new offensive scheme, but his new head coach believes White has made the necessary strides and put in the time in the film room to run the offense efficiently. "This young man (White), just in the short time I've been here, has grown (as a player)," said Greenwood. "He's smart and he's a very intelligent young man. He's a leader and someone you want back there. He's going to put people on his shoulders and take them to the end zone. That's what I like about Tajae." Greenwood said he feels White has perhaps been mislabeled as a "non-thrower," but that with the new offensive system it has shown to be help- ful for White to continue to grow as he gets more comfortable with progressions and reads. "Hopefully, he will prove a lot of naysayers wrong who may think he is not a passer," said Greenwood. "He's going to play with a chip on his shoulder." On the defensive side of the ball, Gravette will line up with a new defen- sive coordinator for the first time since 1991, as long-time assistant coach Duke Mobley retired in the spring. Greenwood believes the staff and personnel are in place to continue the defensive tradition established in the program and maintain the "LDC" mentality. 866-479-7870 Over 29 years of Ser vice Gravette, AR w w w. M A R AT H O N M E TA L . c o m s a l e s @ M a ra t h o n M e t a l . c o m Owned and operated by Farmers working to help the American Farmer Red Iron Buildings All Steel Structures All Bolt-Up Structures Engineered Buildings 2018 Football Preview 10 n Wednesday, August 22, 2018 The Herald-Leader/Westside Eagle Observer Graham Thomas/Herald-Leader The Gravette Lions open the season at home Aug. 24 against Cascia Hall (Okla.). GRAVETTE Continued from Page 9 See GRAVETTE on Page 11

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