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08/13/07 - Lufkin

Pack Are Back

by Ryan Peterson

Head Coach John Outlaw says it's not a big deal.  It's supposed to be hot in August.   To be fair, coach didn't have to wear a helmet.  And at least the Panthers weren't wearing pads.

Day one of Panthers camp started Monday afternoon.  The Pack are ranked as high as number three in the state in one preseason poll.   But this year's squad has more question marks then Pack team in recent memory.

Outlaw says it's not for lack of talent, we just don't know who these guys are.  Nine new starters will be taking the field on defense.

"We've been kind of spoiled for the last six to seven years," Outlaw says.  "We've had a lot of guys coming back. And we just graduated 19 two year starters.  Every year is different but these kids have the same expectations as every group we've had the last eight to nine years."

"We're getting underestimated," Senior Cornerback Darrius Terry says.  "But we are good. We're been coming together as a team."

Not everyone is gone.  Lufkin's offensive line returns several starters.  But they'll be protecting a new quarterback.   The Panthers still don't know who the starter will be.   Outlaw says right now he'd give the edge to junior Jeffrey Claybon.  However, senior Jeremy Nobles could still take the job.

"I feel pretty good about it," Nobles says.  "We still have two weeks before anything is set in stone, so that's two weeks for both of us to come out and play our hardest and do what we got to do. And whoever wins, that's how it's going to be."

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