TIFTON -- Midway through the first hot week of summer camp, Tift County assistant football coach and offensive coordinator Mickey Weldon is feeling good about the progress being made by his offensive unit.
Weldon, with the blessing of third year head coach Tommy Seward, has made the decision to do battle this year with a Wing T attack.
"This is a good offense for adapting to what your strengths are," said Weldon following practice Tuesday evening. "It's flexible and allows you to adapt to different personnel from year to year.
"We're definitely going to keep this offense. It's not just some passing fancy."
Speaking of passing, the air attack has been what the Blue Devils have primarily relied upon for the past several seasons.
For the last four years the Blue Devils have been either near or at the top of the region offensive stats thanks in large part to the passing proficiency of its quarterbacks. Both Zack Ellis and Josh Allen were All-Region selections as each passed for more than 2,000 yards in their respective senior seasons.
It is Weldon's hope that the Devils' version of the Wing T will add a new dimension to the Tift attack.
"We definitely want to be able to run the ball," said Weldon pointing out the benefits of clock control and reducing the potential for mistakes. The offensive coordinator is confident that he has the personnel on board to make the running game work.
"Running back Kelvin Burns has worked hard in the weight room and has really filled out," said Weldon. "He's gonna have a great year.
"And Elliott Wallace gives us some strength at the fullback position.
Weldon is also pleased with the offensive line's progress with the new plan.
"This is a guard's dream offense," Weldon said, "especially for the guys who want to run and hit somebody."
Weldon pointed out guards Austin Vowell and Sam Wilcox who "are a couple of seniors who are working hard to nail down starting spots."
Head coach Tommy Seward feels that this year's offensive players are well suited to run the Wing T, but he is leaving the planning to his offensive coordinator.
"Mickey ran this offense when he was in Oconee County," said Seward. "Mickey believes in it and I believe in Mickey."
Weldon is a former Blue Devil quarterback who led Tift to a quarterfinals appearance during his senior season. After a two-year stint at Jones County, Weldon signed on with Oconee where he became the offensive coordinator in his third year there.
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