Cody Maynard’s 2015 season was cut short due to a devastating knee injury.
Maynard, Logan High School’s starting middle linebacker went down in the early moments of last year’s season opening Man game at George A. Queen Memorial Field.
Maynard ended up being lost for the season.
After nearly a whole year of rehabilitation, Maynard is back strong for his senior season.
Maynard, a 6-foot, 210-pounder, is expected to start for the Wildcats.
Logan opens the regular season Aug. 25 at home against the same Man Hillbillies.
Sophomore Shawntez Matthews, Maynard’s replacement last year, also returns. He had 37 total tackles last year and did an outstanding job.
Maynard and Matthews will make a great tandem for Logan in the linebacking corps, Logan coach Gary Mullins said.
“Cody Maynard is back as the Mike linebacker,” Mullins said. “He was our captain last year but he tore is ACL on the opening kickoff in the Man game. So he didn’t get to play the entire year. He’s a great middle linebacker. Shawntez played all 10 games in his place. He’s also back.”
The Wildcats have plenty of depth at linebacker.
Senior Daniel Browning, who had 55 tackles last year with two sacks and a fumble recovery, is another returning starter for Logan.
Jamal Minter (47 tackles, four fumble recoveries and four interceptions) and Devin Hensley (23 tackles, one fumble recovery) are two other returning starters at linebacker.
“Daniel Browning, who started every game last year, is also returning,” Mullins said. “Jamal Minter and Devin Hensley both started every game last year too.”
Newcomers Braxton Goff and Tyler Topping are two other linebackers for Logan. Goff is a basketball standout at Logan, while Topping is a baseball player.
In the secondary, senior Tyler Browning is back to lead the unit. He had 42 tackles, three pass breakups and a caused fumble last season.
Trice Boatright, Trey Jude, Michael Hall and newcomer Caleb Dingess are other options in the defensive backfield.
“In the secondary we have a lot of guys who are returning, guys like Tyler Browning, who has started the last 20 games for us,” Mullins said. “We also have Trice Boatwright, who has been competing for time in there. Trey Jude and Michael Hall and others too, such as Caleb Dingess, who came here from Madison Middle School, who is a tremendous athlete, are also competing. Jamal will also play back there some.”
Almost all of Logan’s offensive linemen will have to flip over and play on the D-line. Newcomer and freshman Troy Cowhart could be one of the leaders up front. Cowhart stands 6-2, weighs 230 pounds and is still growing.
“All of the offensive linemen are also going to play on the D-line,” Mullins said. “We have a freshman, Troy Cowhart, who is a great player that no one really is talking about. David Early is tremendous and you never take anything away from him in what a great player he is. Troy, too, is just about as good a freshman as I’ve ever had. He’s physical and he doesn’t look like a ninth-grader. He’s probably going to start on our defensive line as a ninth-grader. That tells you all you need to know.”
Junior Musco Adams (6-4, 340) also returns and gives Logan size and muscle in the trenches. He had 27 tackles and a fumble recovery last year.
Elijah Adkins, Brandon Kinser, David Cruz and newcomer Chris Childers are also pressing for playing time.
“Musco Adams also started on the defensive line for us last year,” Coach Mullins said. “David Cruz also played a lot last year. Elijah Adkins will also play, along with a new kid, Chris Childers, and Brandon Kinzer, our backup quarterback, who has really been doing well on the defensive line. He’s a big, strong kid and he’ll get a lot of playing time in there.”
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).