Trousdale County began spring football workouts Monday afternoon under new head coach Blake Satterfield.
Satterfield, who served as defensive coordinator last season, replaced Brad Waggoner, who left for a job in Elbert County, Georgia.
The Yellow Jackets are coming off a runner-up finish in the Class 2A BlueCross Bowl but have some holes to fill before the start of the 2019 season.
Finding a replacement at quarterback for all-state performer Keyvont Baines ranks as a priority, Satterfield said.
“We’ve got Cameron (Rankins), we’ve got Jayden (Hicks), and we also have Keenan Burnley,” Satterfield said. “I’m trying to get a quarterback in every grade. We’re also going to work Ben Chumley at quarterback.
“The main thing is, we’re putting in some new stuff so we’ve got to see who does it the way you want, their execution.”
Hicks and Burnley saw extensive work Monday at quarterback. Rankins and Chumley are still playing baseball and were not available just yet.
Offensive line is another position where the Jackets need to identify starters, with four of last year’s starting five set to graduate next week.
“We lost some amazing guys,” Satterfield said, “but we’ve got some big guys. We’ve got Trent Pharris who’s coming out, Taydrian Hicks, Colin Hamady, and some guys in baseball right now that we’re going to rely heavily on.”
Satterfield said he was impressed with the physicality the team showed in the first day of workouts and said being physical was something he wanted to carry over into the season.
“The main thing I want to find out in the spring is who’s not afraid of contact,” Satterfield said. “Who’s going to be that guy in the fourth quarter who can hang onto a football and who wants to be in that spot.
“We’ve got to find an identity. That’s what this spring is about – finding an identity and executing it.”
Lift-a-thon: The Trousdale County Yellow Jacket football team will hold their annual Lift-a-thon fundraiser on Saturday, May 18 at 6 p.m. in the gym at Jim Satterfield Middle School.
Contributing: Jerry Richmond, Sports Staff Writer