FAYETTE COUNTY: Tucker more comfortable in second season
Wed. August 22, 2012 at 11:00 p.m. | By Andrew Carroll
FAYETTE | Lance Tucker feels a little more comfortable starting his second season with the Fayette County Tigers.
Tucker graduated from Fayette County after playing quarterback for his father, Waldon Tucker. The younger Tucker played at the University of Alabama and returned to Fayette to help his father as an assistant coach.
Lance Tucker became a head coach in 2010 at the new Sipsey Valley High School, but returned to Fayette after his father retired as the winningest coach in Alabama high school football history. Lance Tucker directed the Tigers to a 9-4 record last year and a third-round berth in the Class 4A playoffs. Fayette County will play in Class 3A this year.
"It's just being around the kids a little bit more," Lance Tucker said. "They know me, and I know them. The staff did a great job last year because I was the one that was new. These guys have been around here a long time."
One of the staffers is Waldon Tucker, who's listed as the offensive coordinator. Another is Luke Tucker, Lance's younger brother. Both excelled as quarterbacks in their father's system.
"We'll definitely be multiple on offense," Lance Tucker said. "My dad did it for a long time, and I want to keep it going.
"Our quarterback (Marcellus Redmond) is a returning starter. I tell Marcellus all the time that he's not a true quarterback, but he's a good football player and good football players make good plays. We want to keep it in his hands as much as possible. Hopefully, we'll be able to find enough skill players and get them the football so nobody will be able to key on one person."
Jatevin Madison, Jatrae Madison, Kyle Nalls, Dondre Young and Darnell Williams are candidates as running backs and receivers. Probable starters on the offensive line are center Brock Burkhalter, guards Brandon Daniel and Hunter Voegele and tackles Jerry Wilson and Brent Rickman. Andrew Stanford provides depth along the line.
"They're not big kids, but they worked hard in the weight room to get stronger," Lance Tucker said. "They're going to be a group that's going to play hard. I know that by putting those five guys down there that we're going to get the best they've got, and that's all we ask of them."
Williams will start at outside linebacker on defense and might not leave the field.
"If I'm coaching at Fayette County he's not," Lance Tucker said.
Davontae Sparks, who didn't play last year, might find a spot on the defensive line along with Rickman. Lance Tucker said Omar Smith is a "little guy who's quick and fast" and might play at linebacker, defensive end or defensive back.
Other candidates for the defensive backfield are Jatevin Madison, Young and Will Redmond, Marcellus' brother.
"We'll be in a 4-3 front," Lance Tucker said. "We want to try to penetrate and get as much depth in the backfield as we can. Then we've got a couple of speed guys who can come up and make the tackle."