McGavock hasn’t had a football team with this much speed since 2010.
“We’re probably as fast as we were four years ago,” said Raiders coach Jay Gore, referring to an 8-3 team that made it to the second round of the Class 6A playoffs. “We just have a lot of speed, and this year we’re back to that. We’ll be as fast this year as we’ve ever been. That helps.”
Tailback Chris Claybrooks has drawn interest from Tennessee and Kentucky. He runs a 4.4 40-yard dash.
Claybrooks (5-9, 160) rushed for 700 yards last year, but he may double that this fall.
McGavock is switching from a pass-oriented spread offense that threw 35-40 times per game to a run-first offense.
Claybrooks had 1,000 receiving yards and 550 return yards in 2013.
“With his quickness he makes a lot of people miss,” Gore said. “He might be a DB in college, he might be a scat back. But most colleges understand you can’t coach quickness. You can feed them better, you can muscle them up, but quickness is one of those intangibles you can’t teach. Chris is like Aaron Simms that we had four years ago that’s playing up at UT-Martin.”
Quarterback Demontez Carlton, running back Kendall Johnson, running back Lamontez Brown and receiver Kyle Harrison should make a big impact on offense.
Gore said the Raiders still don’t have many big linemen although Navy has shown interest in Damian Starks (DE/OT) as an outside linebacker.
McGavock boasts a veteran team with 21 seniors.
“We’ve never had more than 50 percent attendance show up at our weight room in the summer and this year our seniors decided if you didn’t make 80 percent you couldn’t play,” Gore said. “So they all but one made their 80 percent and the one had a pretty good reason so the team voted to let him make it up.”
McGavock is seeking its third straight win at Tullahoma in Friday’s opener.