Oscar Smith to Return Strong Group in 2008

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A loaded Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, VA) varsity football squad turned in an outstanding 2007 season, finishing with 13-1 overall record including an undefeated regular season, a Southeastern District championship and a Division 6, Eastern Region championship. Though the Tigers are losing outstanding talents such as wide receivers Kerry Boykins and Todd Harrelson, an outstanding group of players are returning as well.

Led by current sophomore quarterback Phillip Sims and junior wide receiver Tim Smith, head coach Richard Morgan will certainly return some firepower on offense. But the defense, led by two junior linebackers, also promises to be strong once again.

“We return Jerrod Askew and Perry Jones, who are two of the best linebackers in the state,” said Morgan, who will return 14 starters from this year’s squad. “Getting back the middle of your defense is a tremendous asset to have. I’m very excited about those two. They are great leaders and tremendous football players.”

At 6-0, 215 pounds, Askew amassed 126 tackles including 25 tackles-for-loss and 13 sacks this past season.

“Jerrod is our middle linebacker,” Morgan said. “He has tremendous instincts. He flies to the ball and he plays at full speed the entire game. The area he has improved in the most is with his pass coverage skills. As a sophomore he would just run and tackle everybody, but he had three or four interceptions this year. He had a better understanding for the game. He is 6-0, 215 pounds, and he is fast and plays with a lot of aggression.”

Askew is also Oscar Smith’s first junior to receive a Division 1A scholarship offer.

“I have official word from N.C. State,” said Morgan. “They are the first one to extend an offer. He has other verbal offers. Another 10 have said they will be in touch soon, so I should be hearing stuff when they get back after the break. I’m quite certain that he’ll have a number of offers.”

A first-team all-state performer in 2007, Jones racked up 142 tackles including 15 in one game against Western Branch. He is the school’s all-time leading tackler. He added 12 touchdowns from the fullback position and will be Oscar Smith’s starting tailback next season.

“Perry is not as big as Jerrod, but he is quite possibly the

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