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Football: Springdale Has Youth Movement At Safety

Posted: August 12, 2014 at 1:30 a.m.

STAFF PHOTO JASON IVESTER Gavin Schmidt, Springdale High junior safety, runs Wednesday during practice at Jarrell Williams Bulldog Stadium.
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STAFF PHOTO JASON IVESTER Gavin Schmidt, Springdale High junior safety, runs Wednesday during practice at Jarrell Williams Bulldog Stadium.

SPRINGDALE -- Jacob Gill inherited a group of young, inexperienced players in his first year as Springdale High's safeties coach.

The Skinny

Position Battle: Safety. … Junior free safety Gavin Schmidt and senior strong safety David Swankier are the starters but have started a combined two games. Juniors Tyler George and Jorge Alba could be called on if needed.

Watch Out For: Senior cornerback TreShawn Gause. … Gause is one of the best on-ball defenders on a basketball court in the 7A-West but could make a big impact after joining the football team in the spring. He gives Springdale athleticism on the outside.

Biggest Strength: Length and athleticism at cornerback. … Gause and Chris Owens have the potential to be a strong duo.

Biggest Question Mark: Inexperience at safety. … The young safeties will have to grow up fast with nonconference games against pass-heavy Greenwood and Bixby, Okla., in the first three weeks.

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