During Tuesday's opening practice for the Bluejays, Hinds was noticeably walking the sidelines.
“I'm just trying to stay busy,” he said. “I want to be out here with my team, my family. I do what I can to coach up some of the players who are replacing me.”
Hinds recorded 123 tackles, three sacks and three interceptions as a sophomore, and had high hopes for this season.
Now, he is leaning on advice from senior Kai Callins, who missed last season with a torn ACL he suffered in last season's opening game.
“The main thing he said is watching the team is the hardest thing to do,” Hinds said. “But he said mostly stay strong, come out here and support us and we're here to have your back.”
CASHION LEANING ON FRESHMAN QB
Cashion has had a string of success with quarterbacks, going from Cayden Cochran to Jeremy Seaton to the most recent graduate Ty Reasnor.
Now, the Wildcats will turn to freshman Matt Harman this season.
“He's looked really good so far through all the spring and summer stuff we've done,” Cashion coach Lynn Shackelford said. “He looks the part. He's just going to have to overcome being a freshman, but if he can minimize the freshman mistakes I think we'll be all right offensively.”
Reasnor threw for more than 3,000 yards and 45 touchdowns last season, leading Cashion to the Class A semifinals. He is now at Emporia State.
Harman marks the first time in Shackelford's history Cashion will start a freshman quarterback.
Shackelford, though, believes he will have a good season. More importantly, he's impressed with how the rest of the team has reacted around Harman.
“I haven't had one kid raise concerns, which I think speaks volumes for Matt and his work ethic and his understanding of what we're doing on offense,” Shackelford said. “Hopefully, it'll pan out for us in the long run. I think it will. I'll be surprised if he doesn't have a good year.”
JAGUARS STAY ACTIVE
Westmoore coach Billy Langford likes when his entire team is doing something.
“I don’t like when people are just standing around,” Langford said.
That’s why while his offensive and defensive lines ran blocking drills, his skill players ran routes and his quarterbacks worked on movement.
The Jaguars’ quarterbacks continued to battle. Devon Navarro and Bryson Lee took snaps back-to-back.
But the main thing Langford focused on was his players’ consistency.
“Your consistency on the field matters today and tomorrow,” he said. “You can’t be good one day and bad the next. You have to be good everyday ... that will make you better citizens.”