Around the county in 30 days
A daily spring preview of every football program in the county
Last season: 2-8
Coach: Chris Miller (fifth season, 14-24)
District: Class B, District 5 (Calvary Christian, Cambridge, Keswick Christian, Santa Fe Catholic, Vanguard, Victory Christian)
Key losses: QB/DB A.J. Augustine, OL/LB Curtis Diaz, Bret Louderback OL/DL, RB/DL Noah Silverberg, OL/DL Edmunds Simsons
Who's back: WR/DB Josh Burch; OL/DL Mike Calvo; RB Robert Goddard; RB/QB/DB Reshawn Jenkins; OL/DL Cory Van Arnum
What's new: The Blue Jackets lose a considerable amount of their offense when Augustine — walking on at VMI — and Silverberg graduate. Burch, a legitimate D-I prospect, will take over at quarterback, and though he doesn't have an arm like Augustine, his athleticism should be an added dynamic to Farragut's attack. The rising senior was invited to a national Nike combine in Miami after performing well at a regional combine. "We're going to put the ball in our best athlete's hands every down," Miller said. "He's never played under center before, but I think him playing receiver for the last three years, he knows the offense real well." Goddard will get the bulk of carries at running back, and Miller is excited about Jenkins, who will play just about any position on offense where he can get the ball. Miller compares him to former Blue Jacket Kreg Brown, who starts at defensive back for FIU. The offensive and defensive lines will be undersized, but that's a problem Admiral deals with every year. At 6-4, 245 pounds, Van Arnum is by far AFA's biggest player. He'll take on more of a leadership role. Take Van Arnum out of the equation and the Blue Jackets average only 185 pounds on both lines. Of the roughly 28 players who will play for Farragut, 22 or so will be eighth-, ninth- or 10th-graders. The Blue Jackets are getting a major influx of talent from their middle school team, which finished 8-0 for the first time in school history. Cortavious Givens scored 35 touchdowns for that team and is a rising eighth-grader who will start for the varsity this fall. "He's going to be a really good player," Miller said. Burch will be the only senior on an extremely young squad.
Audible: "Normally our quota for the last four years is we get guys who are juniors and seniors that decide to come out for football. Now, we're getting the younger guys that are deciding to commit to football earlier. … We're getting guys started earlier than we have in the past. It's exciting. We've now got guys we can develop for the next four years." — Miller
Did you know?: Burch leaped 22 feet, 81/4 inches to win the long jump last year at the Class A state meet. Burch, attempting to defend his title Friday, placed second, despite battling a hamstring injury.
Spring game: May 14 vs. Out-of-Door, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 4 at Lakeland Christian
Sept. 18 vs. Northside Chr.
Sept. 25 at Calvary Christian
Oct. 2 vs. Keswick Christian
Oct. 9 at Vanguard
Oct. 16 vs. Santa Fe Catholic
Oct. 23 vs. Cambridge
Oct. 30 at Victory Christian
Nov. 6 at Shorecrest
Bryan Burns, Times staff writer