World-Herald prep recruiting specialist Mike Sautter attended Omaha Central football practice on Saturday. Here are his observations.
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Omaha Central enters the 2018 season on an 11-game losing streak. The Eagles didn't win a game in 2017 for the first time since 1975. For the second straight season, the Eagles will have a new head coach as longtime assistant coach Jay Landstrom takes over.
Junior quarterback Abe Hoskins is healthy, after breaking his arm in the second game of last season. Hoskins is an accurate thrower on the run with next-level athleticism. He almost looks like a shortstop on the baseball field with his strong footwork and arm strength. Hoskins will play both ways and should also start at defensive back.
There is more than one big bruising senior back that plays for an OPS high school. James Archie is listed at 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds but looks bigger and stronger than that. He broke numerous tackles en route to three long touchdown runs in the team portion of the practice. For a change of pace, the Eagles can move Archie to fullback and insert senior speedster Kaleb Wilson at running back. A two-way player, Archie was impressive this summer at the Locker Room Camp as a pass rushing defensive end.
Offensive lineman Jake Fuzel (6-3, 275 pounds) is the best offensive lineman on the team. A junior, Fuzel showed leadership by encouraging his teammates and teaching the younger lineman the proper way to go through drills on Saturday. He is exactly the big body that the Eagles need up front.
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Depth and size will be a concern for the Eagles. 6-foot-2, 215-pound sophomore defensive end/tight end Kaedyn Reynolds will provide some help up front. Reynolds and Archie provide a solid tandem at defensive end. They will need help up front to stop the run.
The Eagles have two solid athletes at wide receiver and in the defensive backfield in senior Torrence Jackson and junior Donald Perry. Depth and experience behind Jackson at safety and Perry at defensive back will be paramount to a successful season. Both will play an integral part in the Eagles offense at receiver.