LONOKE: Jackrabbits looking for someone to step up at RB

“We started 2-3, and then we went on a nine-game winning stretch to make it to the state championship game,” Bost said.

The Jackrabbits will have a tough task of maintaining the same success in 2010 after losing three top performers to graduation: Brandon Smith rushed for more than 2,000 yards and 28 touchdowns; Michael Nelson threw for more than 2,800 yards, rushed for more than 700 yards and combined for 28 total touchdowns; and Todd Hobson pulled in 50 receptions, scored nine touchdowns and picked off eight passes. The team combined for more than 5,900 yards of offense.

Senior Darius Scott (5-10, 180) is the Jackrabbits’ top returning starter at receiver. Junior Tyler Grady (5-11, 225) anchors the offensive line at center.

“Scott has 4.5 speed and sure hands,” Bost said. “Grady is the hardest working athlete we have. Offensively we feel good about our quarterbacks and receivers. We must have someone step up and run the ball hard for us.”

T.J. Scott (6-0, 230) returns at middle linebacker. The junior posted 90 tackles for the Jackrabbits last fall.

“Our front seven must stop the run to give us a chance to win ballgames,” Bost said.