Salem looks to improve in the fall

Salem wrapped up its week and a half of spring football Wednesday with a 12-12 tie in a spring game. Here's a look at how the Seminoles look after spring practice (summer workouts begin June 8).

Sure things

Chad Estes is more than happy to go into summer and fall workouts with two quarterbacks - Jarret Brown and Jojo Smith. Brown was the starter last season and Smith played the year before when the Seminoles won nine games and made the playoffs.

"They give us a lot of depth at the quarterback position," Estes said. "I'm excited about both young men. They're both very talented (and) they are both going to play."

Running back should be a productive position again for Salem. Seniors Bradley Moon and Tyler Askew both had outstanding springs. Meanwhile, Julian McLean stood out over the last 10 days and makes the Seminoles even stronger in the backfield.

Question marks

Center Sam Watts, who enrolled early at the University of Mississippi, is one of many starters lost off the offensive line. Estes said between seven and eight players will be vying for starting spots on the line.

"That's one of our big issues this spring," Estes said. "Our line of scrimmage was a place that was going to be very competitive."


Salem wasn't satisfied with a 5-5 season, especially after winning at least seven games in each of the previous four seasons.

"We talked a lot about last year and we weren't satisfied with the season we had at 5-5," Estes said. "We've got loftier expectations and I think we made a lot of progress."

Kurt Aschermann Jr. can be reached at kurt.aschermann@rockdalecitizen.com.

SideBar: At A Glance

· Head coach: Chad Estes

· 2008 record: 5-5

· Starters returning: 13

· Starters lost: 9