Heavy "D" in Jefferson

Published 08/07 2013 04:12PM

Updated 03/09 2015 07:15AM

JEFFERSON, TX - Senior Corey Smith hates touchdowns.

"Everybody takes so much pride in scoring touchdowns," Smith said. "I just love to spoil it."

The defensive back has reason for confidence in Jefferson's defensive secondary.

He joins forces with his twin brother Chris Smith (LB) and fellow defensive back Terrance Whitaker to form one of the most talented defensive secondary's in East Texas.

"Secondary-wise...we own the secondary," Whitaker said. "Everybody came back from the secondary."

Jefferson's defense will need to live-up to their preseason expectations.

The Bulldog offense is filling gaps all over the field, including at tailback, where eight players are vying to fill the shoes of standout tailback Deion Williams, who departed following graduation.

"We're going to put our best athletes on defense until our offense comes around because we'll be a little bit behind," Derek Simmons, Jefferson first year head coach, said. "All year long, we're going to rely on our defense till our offense comes around."

Quarterback's still a question-mark for Jefferson. Returning starter Brayden Varnell is in line for the spot once again, but Terrance Whitaker could challenge the incumbent as the starting signal caller. Also, Varnell's brother Phillip is making a case for the job.

"We're going to push each other to make the best person the best. Whoever steps up from those three will get the job done," Simmons said.

Jefferson finished 2012 with a 7-3 record, but stumbled to a 2-3 district finish and missed the playoffs altogether.

"Hopefully we make it to state," Whitaker said. "But we need to make the playoffs to make it to state, so as long as we make the playoffs."

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