GLENVILLE - The football team of fourth-year head coach David Hutchison at Glenville State College is a little more than two weeks away from concluding spring activities with the annual Blue and White game.
Although the G-men do have talent returning, there are definitely some areas Hutchison and his coaching staff are trying to evaluate on a daily basis.
One area players in that mix is former Parkersburg South standout Jeff Kidder, who appeared in 10 games last year and made four solo tackles.
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Former Parkersburg South Patriot Jeff Kidder, pictured here during a preseason practice last spring, is vying for a starting job this year at Glenville State College.
With the Pioneers having graduated their entire defensive backfield, things are looking up for Kidder's prospects of earning regular time this fall.
"He's doing a great job competing as a starting strong safety," said the coach. "Strong safety is like the quarterback of the defense, making the calls and getting everybody lined up."
Hutchison was also happy ex-Parkersburg Big Red quarterback Aaron Roberts inked with the Pioneers.
"He's coming and we're really excited for him," Hutchison added. "He's a very talented thrower and runner and a very smart kid. He'll join us this fall."
Two first team Mountain East Conference performers are back in tailback Rahman Lee and defensive end Gary Henderson, who led GSC with 9.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks last year. However, he's sitting out the spring and will return in the fall. After an All-American freshman campaign, Lee averaged nearly 6 yards per carry, scored 11 touchdowns and finished with 1,407 yards rushing in 2013. The coach said former Western Kentucky product Tevin Drake is providing "great competition".
Shawn Steele returns at quarterback after starting games as a freshman last year. Coach Hutchison said Steele is "in the lead but has stiff competition from JUCO Alfonso Medina (Santa Monica College) and Dante Roberts," a Florida product.
Also of note, the G-men have a trio of returning offensive linemen in Jonathan Dupree, Nick Fehoko and Richard Sloan. Dupree has moved from right guard to center while Fehoko is now at left guard after playing left tackle in 2013. Will Coleman, who played a lot in 2012 but sat out last year, is staring at left tackle.
"Richard Sloan started the last two years at left guard and is the starting right tackle this spring," said the coach, who added former center Jon Rasnick "has actually joined us on staff and he's doing a great job."
Numerous position battles will continue this spring and go right up to the Blue and White game set for 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 24.