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Up for grabs
NC has no shortage of candidates to fill open slots
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NORTH CENTRAL HEAD COACH Louis Clyburn instructs members of his team on the safe use of the helmet, in terms of tackling angles, prior to the start of a spring practice session in Boonetown. - photo by C-I photo by Tom Didato
One line, plenty of waiting.If the competition for the quarterback job at North Central were held in a barber shop, the magazines in the waiting area would have been read from cover to cover.With the Knights having lost three-year starting signal-caller, Grayson King, to graduation, there is no shortage of players seeking to step into his shoes. In fact, during spring practice NC worked five players under center, all of whom have experience, at some level, in the program.Rising junior Hunter Wyant served as King’s chief back-up last year. He has company at the position in the form of senior Tristan McCathern and sophomore William Jenkins --- both of whom are also running backs --- along with senior Curtis Merritt and junior John Bowers, making for a crowded situation.“William and Tristan might be the most battle-tested of that group, but you have the competition which makes those kids play just a little bit harder,” said NC head coach Louis Clyburn, who is entering his fifth season at the helm in Boonetown.In McCathern and Jenkins, the Knights have a set of ball carriers who rushed for 641 and nine touchdowns and 440 yards and five touchdowns in 2012, respectively.