Gary Mullins knows his Logan Wildcats are deep at the skilled positions.
He hopes to use that to Logan’s success this fall.
It’s one of the strengths of the entire squad as the Logan High School football team is scheduled to open Aug. 25 at home against Man.
Freshman QB David Early is expected to lead the show.
He’s got plenty of targets to throw to.
Logan’s top returning wide receiver is senior Jamal Minter, who Coach Mullins calls one of the top wideouts in the state. Last year, Minter reeled in 27 passes for 354 yards but expects to top that this season.
Top wideout Matthew Cox, who had 466 yards receiving and more than 1,000 yards rushing last season, has been lost to graduation.
Minter, who stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 185 pounds, hopes to pick up the slack.
“At wide receiver, it starts with Jamal Minter,” Mullins said. “He’s a three-year starter and was an all-stater last year. I don’t know how anybody could be better. That’s a lot of pressure to put on a kid but I don’t see how there could be any better wide receiver in this state. He’s got all of the tools and blocks well. He can jump up and get the ball and he runs good routes. Everything you want out of a wide receiver he is that.”
Newcomer and basketball player Braxton Goff gives Logan another target at wideout.
Goff had transferred late last school year to Chapmanville Regional High School, but has returned to Logan.
Mullins said Goff can definitely help Logan’s receiving corps.
At 6-4, he’s a good target, too.
“Braxton Goff came out and he runs real fast,” Mullins said. “He hasn’t played since middle school but it’s like he has played every year. He’s so physical too. I’ve watched him play basketball too and you just don’t realize how fast he is too.”
Dino Noe, a Nigerian national and another basketball player, is also out for football and gives the Wildcats another athletic receiver and a tall one at that as the junior Noe stands 6-5.
“Dino Noe can go get the ball,” Mullins said. “He has done well for us in practice. He looks pretty amazing out there.”
Senior Skyler Miller also returns at wide receiver. He had nine catches for 66 yards and a touchdown last year.
“Skyler Miller played some last year and nobody can question his intestinal fortitude,” Mullins said.
Chuckie Felder (6-0, 170), a sophomore, has also been impressive during the preseason.
“We also have Chuckie Felder, who is a sophomore,” Mullins said. “He’s a shifty little guy. We’ve got about 10 or 12 that we can play out there.”
Logan is deep at running back.
Returning is junior Devin Hensley (5-10, 180), who ran for 195 yards last year.
“We’re really deep at the skilled positions,” Mullins said. “We have Devin Hensley at tailback. He’s returning and he’s a junior. He’s real explosive and he’s a real hard worker. There’s no half speed for that guy.”
Daniel Browing, a 5-9, 190-pound junior, who ran for 144 yards and scored a touchdown last year, is also back.
“Daniel Browning can also play fullback and tailback,” Mullins said. “He’s a great blocker from the fullback position. He’s very versatile.”
Sophomore Shawntez Matthews (6-0, 200) may also see some time at fullback.
“Shawntez Matthews is also going to play some at fullback,” Mullins said. “He started as the Mike linebacker pretty much all of last year when Cody Maynard went down. He’s had one of the hardest working off-seasons that I’ve ever had. He’s in the top five. He’s probably added 25 pounds of muscle. It’s almost like we have got a new player.”
Senior Tyler Browning (5-8, 175), who saw most of his time on defense last year, could also get some carries.
“Tyler Browning is a senior and is back,” Mullins said. “He’ll get some carries back there. Jamal Minter will also take some carries back there. Michael Hall will also take some carries and will also play receiver. He’s so fast. He was our JV quarterback last year. We also have Trice Boatwright, who is a senior. He was right there with Shawntez in the off-season working hard.”
Trey Jude (5-9, 185), a sophomore, gives the Wildcats another option at running back.
“Trey Jude is a sophomore and he’s back out,” Mullins said. “He’ll get some carries. He’s a big, strong kid. David Early will also carry the ball some for us.”
In Coach Mullins’ system, many of Logan’s running backs will also split out in the slot or at wide receiver, depending on the formation and scheme.
“We have a lot of guys that are running backs that we will split out and be wide receivers too,” Mullins said. “Just about everyone who is a running back will also be a wide receiver.”
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).