Thomas County Central running backs Curtis Brooks (26) and Lavoyd Reddick (36) work on an agility exercise during last weekend’s Midnight Madness.

THOMASVILLE — Finding running backs has never been a problem for Thomas County Central. This year will be no exception.

Depth is an advantage the Yellow Jackets are hoping to utilize this year. With five players expected to see ample playing time, Central coach Bill Shaver is looking forward to see who emerges as starters in the backfield.

“There’s not a Debrale Smiley or Joe Burns back there, but we have enough folks, I think, that if somebody’s nicked up, you don’t have to press them in there,” Shaver said. “Like last year, when Curtis (Brooks) got hurt, we really didn’t have anybody back there to replace him. This year, I think we’ll have enough depth that if somebody’s dinged up we won’t have to press them into playing with an injury. We’ve got some other guys that can step in there.”

Brooks is Central’s only returning backfield starter. The junior rushed for more than 700 yards last year despite being sidelined with an injured shoulder.

“Curtis was rocking along, and I think there at one point he was either equal to Shawn (Bryant) or maybe he was slightly better,” Shaver said. “When Curtis got his shoulder hurt, it all went kind of downhill from there. He had more yards rushing than Shawn did for a while.”

Among the others possible starters are seniors Lavoyd Reddick and John Freeman, and sophomore James Davis. Senior A.J. Larkins is another candidate to start, although he will start at defensive back as long as Reshard Cliett is sidelined with a broken nose.

“We’ve got five guys we plan on using in there,” Shaver said. “Then, you’ve got Gabe Freeman, who has a lot of speed. He kind of likes to get out on the edge a little bit. We could possibly use him in the right way with his speed. He’s our track guy out there.

“James Davis, the sophomore, had some really good runs that Friday night (at Midnight Madness),” Shaver said. “They all have their strengths and they all have their weaknesses. We just have to do a good job to make sure we play to that.”

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