Brothers on the field

Published 11:46 am Monday, June 23, 2008

DEMOPOLIS &8212; Once the Tigers begin the 2008 campaign, they will likely rely heavily on the depth they have accumulated in the offensive backfield. Vital to the success of head coach Tom Causey&8217;s offensive group is obtaining substantial production from the fullback and A-back slots.

Braxton, a senior, and James, a sophomore, anchor the group, providing an engine to Causey&8217;s run-heavy offense.

The Demopolis coaching staff utilizes Braxton and James in a complementary capacity, roles it says the tandem has not only accepted, but ones that allow their off-field relationship to fuel in-game production.

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Both players have taken advantage of opportunities given them, impressing coaches with their contrasting styles.

Braxton serves as the team&8217;s power back, taking advantage of his size and physicality to find success. James works more as a change of pace back.

While each has undeniable talent, sharing the load and splitting the carries does not seem to be a source of strife for either.

Sharing the backfield with Braxton and James will be a versatile group of players filling the A-back slot. Much like the fullback position, Browder is confident in the roster depth at A-back.

Included among that depth is Anthony Hardy, who brings familiarity to the position.

Hardy figures to share time with rising freshman Jerry Campbell, who has caught the attention of his coaches during the early phases of summer practice.

The backfield ranks will also be bolstered by converted wide receiver Shelby Speegle. The senior figures to bring maturity and leadership to the position in addition to his physical abilities.