Spring Football Games: Scores, Schedule, Thursday, May 22, 2015, Leesburg High School, 1401 Yellow Jacket Way, Leesburg, Florida 34748, Gerald Lacey, Staff Writer, Carver Heights Quarterback Club
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Spring Football Games: Scores, Schedule, Thursday, May 22, 2015, Leesburg High School, 1401 Yellow Jacket Way, Leesburg, Florida 34748, Gerald Lacey, Staff Writer, Carver Heights Quarterback Club
Spring Football Games: Scores, Schedule, Thursday, May 22, 2015, Leesburg High School, 1401 Yellow Jacket Way, Leesburg, Florida 34748, Gerald Lacey, Staff Writer, Carver Heights Quarterback Club
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LAKE SPORTS - Spring football reports

Leesburg's Weir Manages A Smile

May 18, 1990|By Joe Williams of The Sentinel Staff
Orlando Sentinel
Updated: Thursday, July 2, 2015, 3:17 p.m.

LEESBURG — The smile on Ken Weir's face as he talked to his players who gathered around him
following Thursday afternoon's practice wasn't there by accident. Three weeks of spring practice had
come to an end for Leesburg's football team, and there was plenty of reason to be happy.

''It has been the best spring I've ever coached,'' Weir said after dismissing his players to the field
house to get uniforms for tonight's jamboree half against Eustis.

That statement says something.

Weir has been through some pretty good springs with some pretty good teams. Like two at Dunedin
High School that made it to the Class AAAAA state championship game.

What makes that statement even more important is that this is a quasi-rebuilding year for Leesburg,
which made a run for the Class AAAA, District 7 championship last year before losing to Seminole, 21-
8, in the second-to-last game of the regular season.

Although it has a couple of holes to fill, Leesburg is pretty solid on the defensive side of the ball. The
offensive line also is pretty well intact from last season. But the offensive backfield will have four new
faces there.

The quarterback is Steve Gooden, up from the junior varsity team. The halfbacks are Marcus Niblack,
who was the reserve quarterback last year, and Willie Foster. At fullback is Eric Sims, but Joe
Fernandez, who currently is missing for academic reasons, also will see time at fullback in the fall.

Because of the new faces and because of the complexities of the Wishbone offense, Weir is eager to
see how his backfield looks in tonight's jamboree.

''We need to find out if Willie Foster can play as well under the lights as he has played out here for
three weeks,'' Weir said. ''He is a great athlete. Eric has been running the ball well and Marcus has
looked pretty good.

''They aren't proven back there like (graduating fullback Lee) Hanks or (graduating halfback Undra)
Mitchem, but I don't think they lack the ability to play back there.''

Expect the Yellow Jackets to try to utilize as many facets of the Wishbone as possible tonight.

''We'd like to control the ball and not make a lot of mistakes,'' Weir said. ''Anytime you run the 'bone or
the option, there is a possibility of making mistakes. Another thing we are going to be really looking for
is good offensive line surge. We want the players to come out and show us some things.''

When spring started, there were 72 players who came out for Leesburg's team. Although those
numbers dwindled, Leesburg still has players somewhere between 55 and 60 players out. Some of
the players who left the team are freshmen who Weir expects to return in the fall. ''Some freshmen just
aren't ready to get hit by a Bryant Reed,'' Weir said.

Reed, The Lake Sentinel's defensive player of the year last season, has had another good spring.
Reed is not huge (6-2, 215) but he is strong (he benches 350) and he is quick (4.7 speed in the 40).

''We are real strong defensively,'' Weir said. ''Bryant Reed . . . well, we can't run against him. He is just
an awesome player.''

With an experienced defense, an offensive backfield with potential, and a solid offensive line, which
will include newcomer Troy McNish, a 6-2, 200-pound sophomore tackle who also has 4.7 speed and
major college potential, there is reason for optimism, and smiles.

''We have gotten a lot done this spring,'' said Weir, who is moving into his second season as
Leesburg's coach. ''Last spring, we were a little more laid back and we were trying to get to know the
kids. This year we were a little more intense and we got more done.''