SES Mississippi: Walker Ready To Lead
Times are changing in Madison, Mississippi. Long time head coach Bobby Hall will not be gracing the sidelines at Madison Central and stars like Trey Smith and Keenan Barnes are gone off to continue their careers at the next level. However, the new age of Jaguars are now set to explode onto the scenes in 2015.
They will be led by 2017 gunslinger Jack Walker. The 6-4, 210-pounder has shown glimpses of greatness over the past two seasons in his more and more frequent opportunities, but in 2015, it will be his offense to command.
Walker's 1,000-plus yards in limited action in 2014 has garnered him plenty of next level attention this offseason. That is something he is handling quite well as he remains focused on his job at hand.
"Just keep working hard and staying humble," Walker told SES. "Also, just being a better leader and teammate to try to help my team win, and just being alert in the pocket."
Madison Central stormed out of the gates in 2014 with a big win over Brandon but then spent the rest of the season battling injuries and never found their stride as they finished a dissapointing 6-5.
Walker insists that even with the loss of stars like Smith and Barnes, the 2015 Jags will be filled playmakers.
"Last year a lot of guys got hurt," Walker explained. "So a lot of younger guys got to play. We will have a lot of key players like Grayson Gunter, Jaylon Uzodima and Gabe Short back."
With a new coach at the helm, Walker believes the MC Offense will be one of the best in the state and constantly creating problems for opposing teams. Will it be good enough to make a run at the title? "Absolutely," Walker declared. "I think Coach (Brad) Peterson coming in will help, and with our receivers, I think we will be hard to defend."
Madison Central has had a winning tradition for decades. It is always expected that they be in the running each and every year. A fact not lost on Walker. "There is great tradition here," Walker expressed. "The fans are awesome. Everyone expects us to win and we play and practice like that. It seems like everyone in Madison is family."
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