Inexperienced Packer football team to open spring drills on April 29

Mar. 1—MOULTRIE — What is likely one of the most inexperienced Colquitt County football teams in recent memory will open spring practice on April 29.

The Packers went 25-2 the last two seasons and were 12-1 last fall with an overwhelmingly senior-oriented team.

Offensively, only one starter on the line will return for the 2024 season, along with two experienced running backs.

The defense will have a few more starters coming back: two linemen, one linebacker and one cornerback.

Colquitt County had 17 seniors sign National Letters of Intent.

Among those the Packers must replace are three-year starter and record-setting quarterback Neko Fann, now at Mercer; swift and talented receiver Ny Carr, who is now a Miami Hurricane; big tight end Landen Thomas, already practicing with the Florida State Seminoles; defensive end Tyshon Reed Jr., who is at Duke; offensive lineman Turk Daniels, who started every game for four seasons, who is headed for Carson-Newman; and linebacker/safety Nick Pace, who has signed with Jacksonville State.

"We've got a lot of question marks," said Packers coach Sean Calhoun, who is heading into his third season as the Packers head coach. "It's our job to find the best replacements we can."

The work to replace these and other contributing seniors has already begun in the weight room and will continue over the 10 days of spring practice.

On the first eight days of spring practice — April 29, 30; May 2, 3, 6, 7, 9 and 10 — the Packers will begin their sessions at 5:45 a.m.

On Monday, May 13, the rising freshmen will scrimmage the rising sophomores.

On Tuesday, May 14, Coffee High will visit Mack Tharpe Stadium to play the Packers on Tom White Field beginning at 7 p.m. in the annual spring scrimmage game.

The Trojans are coming off a 15-0 season in which they won the Class 5A state championship, the first state title in school history.

Calhoun is pleased with what the Packers have been able to accomplish since the 2023 season ended.

"We are focusing hard on strength training and speed training," said Calhoun. "Our main focus has been in the weight room and we are really, really improving.

"It's been exciting to see."

The Packers will play their preseason scrimmage on Friday, Aug. 2, against Bainbridge, also in the Hawg Pen.

The regular season will open on Friday, Aug. 16, against West High of Salt Lake City, Utah, which will travel more than 2,000 miles to face the Packers.

Both scrimmages and the first six regular-season games will be played at home this season.