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2020 Team Preview: The Martin Luther King Cougars @MLK_football @MattPajuste

Written by: on Saturday, August 1st, 2020

 

Martin Luther King Cougars

Head Coach Malik Jones

Assistant Coaches
Jordan Alexander (OC)
Darius Hurst-Rodney (Offensive Line)
Kirk Stehman (Running Backs)
Khalil Stewart (Wide Receivers)
Eric Lee (Wide Receivers)
Scott Staley (Quarterbacks)
John Vetter (Linebackers)
Darnell Baldwin (Defensive Backs)

2019 Season Record 7-6 (PPL D12 5A Champions)

2020 Schedule

DATE

OPPONENT

LOCATION

TIME/SCORE

08-22 Father Judge  @ Father Judge (SCR) 9:00 am
08-28 West Catholic  vs. West Catholic (0-0) Germantown Supersite 6:30 pm
09-04 Springside Chestnut Hill Academy  @ Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (0-0) 4:00 pm
09-11 Chester  vs. Chester (0-0) Germantown Supersite 6:30 pm
09-18 Wilson  vs. Wilson (0-0) 7:00 pm
09-25 Northeast  @ Northeast (0-0) 7:00 pm
10-02 Olney Charter  @ Olney Charter (0-0) * 7:00 pm
10-10 John Bartram  @ John Bartram (0-0) 1:00 pm
10-16 Imhotep Charter  vs. Imhotep Charter (0-0) Germantown Supersite 4:30 pm
10-23 Simon Gratz  vs. Simon Gratz (0-0) Germantown Supersite 4:30 pm

* – denotes league game
(SCR) – denotes scrimmage

Key Starters Lost
CB Tyrell Mims
LB Henzloy McFarlane
C Zaire Dean
S Garnette Morris
WR Tymir Shaw
OT Eugene Small
WR Jalen Callahan
RB Kindred Cooper
OG Alexcey Facey
LB Quentin Baynard
P Dellion Burnell
K Andre Graham

Offensive Starters Returning
Sr. QB Lamir Kitchens 5-9 155
Sr. OG Matthew Pajuste 6-3 275
Sr. WR Nadir Mcleod 5-9 165
Sr. OT Andrew Johnson 6-3 260
Sr. WR Karon Ballard 6-1 160

Defensive Starters Returning
Sr. CB Nadir Mcleod 5-9 165
Sr. S Curtis Brooks 6-0 155
Sr. LB Khaliq Bynum 5-9 200
Jr. LB Quadir Tucker 5-10 205
Jr. DE Zaide Williams 5-11 180

Special Team Starters Returning
None

Key Newcomers
Jr. DB Tyron Bryan, 5-10 150
Jr. RB Sadiq Frink 5-7 180
Jr. S Kaleb Harris 5-10 170
Jr. DB Yedidiyah Ward 5-8 155
Jr. OL Daequon Souffrant 5-11 255
Jr. ATH Tamaj Jenkins 5-10 160
Soph. WR Semaj Buxton 5-10 150
Soph. DE Ahlijah Willis 6-1 190
Soph. DB Quahir Smith 5-11 150
Soph. RB Andre Staley 5-6 150

What does your offense need to improve on from last year?
In order to improve from last year offensively, we will need to establish a solid and consistent rushing attack. We put up decent numbers in the passing game, but we can do a lot more if we can compliment that with a viable run game.

What does your defense need to improve on from last year
We lost some key players to graduation including 1st team All-State and BIG 33 selection Cornerback Tyrell Mims (Villanova) as well as 2nd team All-State Linebacker Henzloy McFarlane (Slippery Rock). We are going to be looking for young players to step up and fill those big shoes.

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