CLAY, Ala. (WIAT) — Each of the past two seasons Clay-Chalkville has been an offensive juggernaut, putting up 1,461 total points.
That was mostly because of two players, quarterback Ty Pigrome and wide receiver TJ Simmons. Both graduated, but it’s not all doom and gloom in Clay because Nico Collins is the next in line to put up big numbers. The wide receiver is 6 foot 5, 200 pounds and every college is after him.
Even without Collins, head coach Jerry Hood is all about player development. So at Clay-Chalkville it’s always next man up.
“The main thing is, if you have a good program the next guy is going to be as good as he can be,” Hood said.
Chalkville is coming off a disappointing ending to 2015, losing to Spanish Fort in the 6A championship game. Collins plans on getting back to that game and being a leader for the team.
“TJ taught me a lot when he was here,” Collins said. “So everything he taught me, I am teaching (the team) right now. So right now I am just trying to lead by example, trying to tell them to keep their heads up when they make a mistake or something.”
The Cougars begin the season at home against Florence on Aug. 19.