TC Central players grow in first summer under Dorsey
by LaVonte Young
After not having a summer workout program last season, TC Central’s head football coach Damian Dorsey has seen a lot of growth in his players physically and mentally going into his second season at the helm.

“I think it is going to help us be more accountable,” Dorsey said. “They are in the weight room working out together. Leaders are stepping up and you are getting guys that haven’t been leaders stepping up. You are seeing guys mature physically and mentally in the weight room. Their bodies are starting to mature, so they are starting to mature, so it is coming good.”

Last season, TC Central went 3-7 and missed the postseason for the third straight season. Showing up to workouts will help the players get stronger, which is vital if they are going to stay healthy and has been a problem for the Fight Tigers.

The former Louisville standout said that he has a solid core of players that show up everyday.

“We have 23 of the 26 kids showing up,” Dorsey said.” I have between 18-22 showing up everyday. We have good guys buying into it and guys that we are going to need getting a whole lot bigger that’s showing up.”

The Fighting Tigers will be on the field in the next few weeks competing in some 7-on-7 passing camps at B.B.Comer, Piedmont and they are trying to compete at a passing camp at Jacksonville State University.

Dorsey wants to see which one of his players is willing to compete and make plays during the passing camp.

“I am just trying to see who can catch the ball and who is going to compete,” Dorsey said.

“I just want the guys to compete, no matter what the score is. We are not going to look as good against the Class 3A, 4A teams, but I just want the guys to compete. That is the main thing, go out there and show me that you can compete, so when it is time to play for real I will know that you are a competitor. I just want to see them compete and get better each game.”

The passing camp will also help Dorsey gauge the quarterback position. Ze’Kyle Stockdale was the starter in the spring, but Corey White started the majority of the games last season for the Fighting Tigers.

“I’m looking for consistency,” Dorsey said. “Ze’Kyle has been more consistent than Corey White. We have to get a little bit more from him. Those are the two and we are trying to find a third string just in case.”

Corey Morris is one of the Fighting Tigers that have accepted a leadership role for the Fighting Tigers on and off the field. Dorsey said the first team All-County fullback has shown up to summer worouts everyday prepared to work and improve. Dorsey also noted that Jeremy Allen has worked hard this summer and he is expecting big things from the rising senior.

“Morris has improved quickness and will be relied upon more as a featured back this year,” Dorsey said.

“Allen, an honor student with a 4.0 GPA and team leader, will be the most explosive player on the field for TC this year.”
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