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The battle to be Milton’s No. 1 quarterback will carry into the summer.
The Eagles finished spring drills on Friday, and coach Scott Walker was not ready to declare a winner between junior Colin McElroy and senior Joe Vance.
“We’ll see how it plays out in pre-season,” Walker told the AJC on Sunday night. “The competition between the two has been good for us, and good for them. They are pushing each other.”
On Saturday, McElroy was honored as one of the top quarterbacks at the Elite 11 QB camp in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
“Colin has the better physical tools … the big-time arm,” Walker said. “Joe is a heady kid. He understands how to run the offense. He may not throw with the same velocity, but he gets it in the air quickly, puts it in a spot, and the kids run underneath it.”
Milton will return eight starters, and here’s a quick look at a few:
Wesley Gaston, RB: The 5-foot-7, 155-pounder rushed for nearly 1,200 yards last year as a junior, and he was the star of the spring. “Having that one year of being ‘the man’ … it really has given him a lot of confidence and leadership.”
Justin Bates, OL: The 6-3, 279-pounder anchors the line.
Brian Drake, DB: Another player with a ton of confidence after starting last year.
Lavelle Summerlin, DB: The 5-10, 185-pounder may be the team’s best athlete. He was injured most of last season. “Everything is starting to click for him,” Walker said. “He has a ton of ability.”
Team: Milton Eagles
Last year’s record: 4-6
Starters lost: 14
Head coach: Scott Walker
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