The Guyer Wildcats are set to begin fall practice on Monday, and with a week to go before that early morning practice comes, we’re going to take a look at five preseason questions/things to watch for in the upcoming season.
Guyer is set to open their 10th regular season in program history on Aug. 28 in the re-opening of Allen Eagle Stadium against the three-time defending Class 6A Division I state champion Eagles. Before that, the Wildcats scrimmage Euless Trinity and have a lot of practices leading up to that.
Question: The Wildcats have had a pretty stellar run of great play from the middle linebacker spot, but Dharius Timmons has something many of them didn’t have — experience. Can he build on a solid junior year and be the next great one as a senior?
Last year as a junior in his first year starting for Guyer, Timmons racked up 91 tackles in 12 games with 13 coming behind the line of scrimmage. He added two sacks, four pass break-ups, a forced fumble and a recovery. Most importantly, he got a full year of experience under his belt at one of the most important positions on the Guyer defense, and one with a rich history in recent years.
Several key figures in Guyer’s football history have played the “Mike” in the Wildcats’ defense — most recently Dominic Ramacher, Terence Belton and Marcel Thomas. Those three names each got just one year as the starter in the middle. Timmons is about to enter his second year as the team’s starter.
For that reason, Timmons is far ahead of any of those three entering their senior seasons, and that should play heavily in his favor. He’s already a cerebral player with off-the-charts intelligence at the position. One thing Guyer coaches noted was that he has to shore up his tackling this year and become a more sure tackler, but he has everything else you want in a standout high school middle linebacker.
The experience he has is key, and it’ll be interesting to see what we’ll be saying about Timmons when this season comes to an end, whenever that may be.
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