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Jeffries Ready To Roll For Lafayette In 2018

Lafayette 2019 linebacker Eric Jeffries has waited over a year to get back onto the football field. He was forced to sit out his junior season due to transferring from Lafayette's cross-town rival Oxford.

Tomorrow, that wait will come to an end as Jeffries and the Lafayette Commodores take on Cleveland Central in the first game of their 2018 campaign.

Jeffries will make an immediate impact on the defensive side of the football, shoring up the middle and rushing off the edge. Jeffries recently committed to play football at Ole Miss, which makes it fitting that his favorite player is also a former Rebel.

“I would have to say my favorite player is Derrick Burgess,” Jeffries told SES Mississippi. “I watched his film and admire what he was able to do on the football field.

Jeffries is a laid back character, but when people ask him about his favorite genre of music, his answer tends to surprise some people.

“I like country music,” Jeffries said. “That is something not a lot of people know about me.”

Alongside Jeffries, the Commodores will run out an extremely talented group. Lafayette has the talent to make a run in Class 5A, but that isn’t the focus for Eric as the season draws near.

“I just want to help my team wherever they need me,” Jeffries said. “I want to be able to help my teammates out wherever they need me so that my team can be successful.”

Lafayette will have a tough slate of games as they try to run through Region 1 of Class 5A. Teams like Grenada, Lake Cormorant, West Point, and Olive Branch will all be strong teams this year. Jeffries thinks his team has the talent to compete at any level.

“I think we are capable of winning it all,” Jeffries said. “That can’t happen unless we practice hard and prepare for any team and every team and take this thing one game at a time.”

Eric credits head coach Michael Fair for keeping him focused and turning him into the player that he is today.

“Coach Fair made me a lot more coachable,” Jeffries said. “He pushed me to go hard all the time and not let the bumps and bruises hold me down. He taught me to be coachable or teachable in any setting in life.”

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