With a solid group of linebackers returning, and Joseph Ross taking over as defensive coordinator, Westmoore is switching to a 3-4 look.
“I think its more flexible with all the different formations we see and the spreads we face,” Jaguars coach Billy Langford said. “It lends itself to being multiple in doing some different things and we've got more linebackers than we do defensive linemen, so that was a big factor as well.”
The most prominent of those linebackers is Josh Morgan, who returns for his fourth year as a starter after making 158 tackles last year to lead 6A.
“He's a kid that loves football,” Langford said. “He loves to practice and practices hard. He loves the weight room. He's a state championship powerlifter. Football was made for him.”
Morgan is one of seven returning defensive starters for Westmoore, which went 7-4 last season.
Another on the defensive side is defensive back Addison Staggs, who had 82 tackles and five interceptions as a junior.
Westmoore returns even more of its offense, with eight starters returning.
One of the holes, though, is at quarterback, though Langford feels very good about the job Jhames West has done shifting back to quarterback after spending most of the last two years at wide receiver.
“There wasn't a doubt as soon as Trevor (Thompson) graduated,” Langford said. “Jhames and I had a long discussion and he wanted to play quarterback and I wanted him to. He wants the ball in his hands.”
While West gives the Jaguars a strong running presence at the position, Langford has also been impressed with the development of his arm since shifting back to the spot.