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Clyburn pleased with Vols' progress

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By Robert Howey

KERSHAW – New Andrew Jackson High School head football coach Louis Clyburn said the Volunteers’ football program is “progressing nicely.”

Clyburn, named the Vols football coach in January, said he was pleased with what the Vols were able to accomplish during 10 days of spring drills which culminated Friday afternoon.The final workout, conducted in full gear and contact in accordance with new S.C. High School League rules for spring drills, included a controlled scrimmage in Volunteer Stadium.The session was crisp and spirited and drew a favorable crowd, with most watching from the visitors’ stands to avoid the late-afternoon sun.“We were sharp,” Clyburn said. “We didn’t have fumbles and executed well. I feel we have a good, solid group. We have a few leaders out here.”The Vols, who went 3-8 last season, unveiled their new no-huddle attack.“We were learning our offense and learning plays and our players were eager to learn,” Clyburn said. “These player have been attentive and worked well making the transition to our program.“They want to do well and they like our offense,” he said. “I feel they’ve caught on well.”Clyburn, who came to AJ from Elon University where he was an assistant coach, said he was pleased with the Vols’ numbers.“We had 115 total, which includes 37 rising ninth graders,” he said. “They couldn’t be involved with contact, but they were here to observe and learn.“The rest of our group was 78 players who were rising sophomores, juniors and seniors,” he said. “We were happy with that number.”Clyburn said the Vols’ 10 sessions included four practices in pads.“We taught fundamentals, proper tackling and blocking,” he said. “Our coaches have come together nicely. Our coaches did everything which was asked and responded in a positive way.“It’s been a commitment from our coaches and kids,” Clyburn said.Earlier in the day, new University of South Carolina defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson, a Winnsboro native, visited the school as part of his recruiting area in the Gamecocks’ football program.“That was pretty exciting for us to have a college coach in here,” Clyburn said.The Vols open their 2008 season at Lancaster on Aug. 29.