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Johnson C. Smith embraces and attacks the process of building football culture

Photography | Curtis Wilson
Tyrech Leach, who recorded 419 yards and 2 points as a freshman last year, will return as tailback to Johnson C. Smith, who went 1-7 last year.

The Johnson C. Smith Golden Bulls, who beat spring practice, aren’t the same group that showed up at fall camp.

First of all, there are more of them, 110 to be exact. They are youthful and hungry to change the tale of longtime losers. Coach Maurice Flowers insists it starts with emphasizing physical ability.

“Looking back, I can see where we have made great strides,” he said. “Our young men are attacking the process. We know it’s not going to get better in a day or two. I know it’s going to be a playbook learning process. Me.” What we don’t lack is energy.”

Nearly 60 players, including 45 freshmen, attended summer school to familiarize themselves with academics and football ahead of pre-season practice.

“That’s why the summer was so big for us. It was just a head start,” said Fort Valley State-transferred quarterback Tyrell Jackson. “So at the fall training camp, it’s not like the teacher’s stage or fixing the same page. I had me and the veterans teach me when the coach wasn’t around.”

Flowers isn’t ready to name the official starter at quarterback for the week of camp. Jackson, who started 7-3 for the Flowers at Fort Valley, is a traditional pocket passer, but Evans is more mobile. .

“Right now we think we are in training camp mode. [first team] Reps…because it’s true quarterback competition,” Flowers said.

The Golden Bulls are young across their roster, but their starters are more experienced. The offensive line, which has struggled with inexperience in his 1-7 campaign last year, has brought back four incumbents “mainly in Cutrell Shaw (Mallard Creek High),” Flowers said. “He’s very solid. Right guard Shaun Evans is one of the best linemen in the conference. I plan to start with a tackle.

“Last year left guard Tyler Macbeth split playing time and our left tackle, I call him Mr. Steady. Josh Coleman started last year as a true freshman. We have to keep them healthy and we’re building quality depth behind it.”

The line may be calm, but there is competition in the backfield. The Golden Bulls returned Tyre Creech, who ran for 419 yards on 65 carries (6.4 per carry) and scored two touchdowns last season as a freshman, as tailback, along with presbyterian-transferred Tim Newman Jr. and North Carolina State. was joined by his brother Jacob, one of his Last year South he reigned supreme all-around threat as a senior at Mecklenburg High School.

Devon Lawrence from North Carolina, who led Wake Forest High to a state 4AA title, will also be in attendance.

“The scumbag would be Devon Lawrence,” said Flowers. [UNC]injured and taking a short hiatus, said he was ready to get back into it and knows he will get Division I tailbacks here with Johnson C. Smith.

West Charlotte graduate and UNC Pembroke transfer Bernard Black has already established himself as a key member of the linebackers Corps, which includes senior Jamonte Gray (North Mecklenburg) and sophomore Nate Qualls.

Black is one of several upgrades to the unit that can earn 30.1 points per game in 2021.

“He’s a baller,” Flowers said. “We are very happy to have him. He is listed as a top linebacker, one of the top players on the transfer portal and is the direction of our program to get his talented player here. It says a lot about sex.”

A week into camp, Flowers hopes to build on the momentum she built in the spring and summer. JCSU’s turnaround is a process, and with the season opener in Bluefield (W.Va.) State on September 1 just around the corner, it’s all magnified.

“We have an established culture that we review every day. We call it the culture of the Golden Bulls Championship,” he said. …“I think our young men are making progress on and off the field because it’s not just the field that builds champions.”