The 2013 Kentucky Senior Bowl football team is loaded for the potential offensive shootout on Saturday night.
The Bluegrass State head coach David Jones has recruited a team of all-stars that should give his team a good shot at winning this year’s game.
Last year, Kentucky lost 37-12 and West Virginia holds an 11-6 edge in the games.
This year’s game is set for 8 p.m. on Saturday night at Mingo Central’s Buck Harless Stadium.
“I had a lot of help putting this squad together,” Jones said prior to the team’s practice at Vipperman Stadium at Belfry Middle School on Tuesday. “We have got some great talent and I think it is going to be a competitive game.”
Jones has brought in Richard Trent, a quarterback from Breathitt County, Ky., to lead the offense. He also played in the Kentucky-Tennessee All-Star game.
Jones has a running back from Bardstown, Ky.
“We have the “Big Samoan” – Michael Miagua, who played at Lexington Lafayette,” Jones said. “He is going to play for Kentucky. We have a fullback from Louisville Doss who is going to play ball at a college in Cincinnati. We have Ronnell Colbert, a wide receiver from Louisville Doss, who will also be playing at a DII school.”
His Louisville teammate, Collie Taylor, is a fullback/linebacker.
The squad also has Kevo Edwards, a running back from Scott County, Ky.
Jones also picked up a good kicker/punter from West Jessamine High School (Ky.), Derrick Little, for his team.
Alex Kidd, a big tight end/linebacker from Prestonsburg, Ky., will also make an impact, Jones added.
Jones also stayed at home and has several Belfry players on the roster, including many of his starting linemen – namely big Tuffy Willis, James May and Derrick Jude. Two of Belfry’s linebackers from last year, Madison Ghormley and Peyton Mullins, will be on the defensive side of the football.
He also has Zack Taylor and Zach Thacker, a pair of defensive backs that played for the Pirates Class AAA state runner-up team last season.
Belfry wide receiver-defensive back Eli Huddle is also on the roster.
Jones has reached out to other areas to make up his roster.
Since the first roster was released, Jones has also picked up Zack Avina of Phelps High School (Ky.).
A couple of Belfry players that Jones had hoped could play for the Kentucky squad was unable to because they are already enrolled at college. They are Tony Messer and Josh Robinson.
Jones said on defense he will run a lot of 4-3, something he is familiar with.
“That is the basic defense and something that I know. I think we’ll be comfortable with that,” he added.
Offensively Jones plans to run the wishbone, even though Senior Bowl rules require teams to pass at least 15 times.
“We are going to try to pound it,” Jones said. “My offensive coordinator is Paul Howard, Jr., who was my quarterback in high school. I’m going to count on him a lot.”
Jones said he knows West Virginia All-Star coach Joey Fields real well.
“I’ve known Joey (Fields) when I was growing up,” Jones said. “I know how competitive he is and I’m super competitive. I have a good staff, Erik and Derek Rash, Tim MacNamee and Adam Warren. They have been doing a lot of the work.”
Jones has been busy not only practicing his Senior Bowl all-stars, but he is also an assistant coach for Belfry High School and has been going through 2-a-day practices with them. So he has been going from early in the morning to late in the evening.
“My primary focus is Belfry,” Jones said. “That is why I have a great coaching staff. My first goal is Belfry – but they get everything started for me.”
Jones said he has a lot of respect for the West Virginia staff and some of the players on their roster.
“They have a heckuva back, Spurlock from Wayne. Then they have Joe May from Mingo Central,” Jones said. “They got Muncy (Aaron) from Tug Valley and Joe (Hall) the fullback from Mingo. I know they have a good back from Logan too. I did my research. This game is going to be exciting for all the fans. This Cliffs Hatfield-McCoy Sr. Bowl is building each year and it is going to get even better down the road.
“I think it is going to be an awesome game. I know it is going to be a good, clean game. We are going to play hard, but clean, and may the best team win.”
Senior Bowl Roster
#3-Kevo Edwards-RB-Scott County
#5-Ronnell Colbert-R/DB-Doss (Louisville)
#6-Collie Taylor-FB/LB-Doss (Louisville)
#12-Weston Lyle-RB-South Floyd
#15-Richard Trent-QB/S-Breathitt County
#20-Collin Taylor-DB-Doss (Louisville)
#21-Cory Shouse-LB/TE-Breathitt County
#30-Derrick Little-K/P-West Jessamine
#40-Tyler Hall-TE/LB-Shelby Valley
#44 Madison Gnormley-LB-Belfry
#74-Michael Miagua-Lafayette (Lexington)
#83-James Blomberg-WR/TE-Breathitt County