Colquitt County, No. 2 in the final Super 25 football rankings last fall, is losing nearly 20 starters, but the program also has lost both its coordinators and several other assistants.
The Packers, who are riding a 30-game winning streak, will be without many of the stars of its high-powered offense with the graduations of quarterback Chase Parrish, running back Kiel Pollard and wide receiver Ty Lee, as well as defensive standouts Rakeem Hightower, Ja’Quain Blakely and Dee Walker.
Coach Rush Propst has announced a number of staff changes, including a replacement at defensive coordinator, but still has a number of spots to fill, according to a report from the Moultrie Observer.
Outside linebackers coach Bubba Walker will move to defensive coordinator next season. He replaces Jeremy Rowell, who has taken a position as secondary coach at Georgia Southern. Walker joined the Colquitt staff last season after having been the defensive coordinator at Valdosta State.
Steve Figueroa, who played for Propst at Hoover (Ala.) will move from the ninth-grade staff to coach the safeties. Defensive line coach Courtney Sanders and cornerbacks coach Dextra Polite remain. Colquitt is looking for an inside linebackers coach following Grangers Shook’s departure to become defensive coordinator at Prattville (Ala.).
The offensive staff has lost coordinator and quarterbacks coach Sean Calhoun, inside receivers coach John Cooper and outside receivers coach Josh Crawford. Calhoun, who spent two years at Colquitt and was named offensive coordinator last fall, has been named the head coach at Carrollton (Ga.), and Cooper will be his coordinator, according to the Moultrie Obsever. Crawford has been named offensive coordinator at his alma mater, Morehouse College.
Evan McKissick, another former player for Propst at Hoover, has been moved from the ninth-grade staff to coach tight ends, inside receivers and H-backs.
Propst told the Observer that he plans to add two more offensive coaches on the varsity and add four more coaches to the ninth-grade staff.
As has been reported previously, Colquitt will host American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) on Aug. 27. The remainder of its non-league games are against Mill Creek, Tucker, Roswell, Brookwood and Valdosta. The game against Roswell is a rematch of the AAAAAA state title game.
Colquitt currently has nine games on its schedule with the possibility of a 10th. Propst said Bessemer City (Ala.) has opted against playing in Moultrie the next two seasons, opening up a slot for another game.