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Indians strong at combine

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By Mike Capshaw, Staff Writer

Three Chiefland High football players turned in strong showings at a Schuman’s National Underclassmen Combine in Orlando this past weekend.

Because of their performances, the trio of Jeremy McCllelan, Quan Coffee and Alphonzo Timmons have been invited to the NUC Ultimate 100 Camp-South at Tri-Cities High in East Point, Ga., June 17-19.

The top athletes from that camp will be invited to attend the U100 Top Prospect Camp and potentially the NUC All-World Game.

Indians coach Jim O’Neal has been the culprit encouraging his college hopefuls to attend combines. Results are viewed by hundreds of college coaches each year.

“Our kids came out and were very intense, so I was proud of them,” O’Neal said. “Everybody we went against were from larger schools, so it was a great atmosphere for them. And of course when it comes to competition for scholarships, you're competing against everybody in the country. 

“It definitely gave the kids an energy boost. They brought that excitement back with them and it’s carried over to the rest of our team.”

McCllelan, a 6-foot-2, 265-pounder, finished second in the offensive line rankings at the end of the camp.  O’Neal wasn’t sure why his junior-to-be came in second, as he had faster times and better jumps than the prospect who won. He also excelled in one-on-one drills, with McCllelan pass blocking while a defensive lineman rushed.

“There was one guy they said no one could touch,” O’Neal said. “Jeremy not only touched him, but put him to the ground.”

Coffee (6-1.5, 280) also finished second among offensive linemen in his class. A sophomore-to-be, Coffee ran a 5.22 second, 40-yard dash and did 24 repetitions of 155 pounds on the bench press.

“They liked his explosion,” O’Neal said. “He basically was testing out of position. He plays guard and (interior) defensive line for me, but he showed up really well and was just wreaking havoc in there.”

Timmons, a 5-9, 183-pound linebacker/running back, is still in junior high but could wind up a varsity starter in 2011. He ran a 4.67 in the 40 and did 26 reps of 135 pounds on the bench.

“Everybody kept saying, ‘Where's Chiefland?’ and it's been a while since I've heard that, so it's good to hear,” O’Neal said.

The players will need to raise about $500 each for the trip to Georgia.

“Anybody in the community who wants to hire any one of those three guys, they are willing to work. They can contact me to get ahold of kids and let them know, but they don’t want it just given to them ... They want to work for it.”