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Carver's Tigers Have Tough Act to Follow

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - The big question at Carver this year is how do you replace 22 graduating seniors? More specifically, how do you replace one like Isaiah Crowell.

Head coach Dell McGee has a short answer to that dilemma. "You really can't replace an Isaiah Crowell," McGee said. "One of those types of players only comes around once every ten years or so."

While you can't replace Georgia's top recruit from 2010, seniors Marquez Holloway and Cequanti Ford are certainly going to try.

"I feel like everybody's on my back now that he's gone," said Holloway. "Everybody is looking at me and seeing what I can do."

Ford is hungry to turn his senior year into a showcase for the Tigers. "You know, I really want it. The hype -- oh, that big running back he's gone, whatcha gonna do?" Ford said. "I really wanted that. I want to step in and show even though Isaiah's gone we still can come in and do just what he did or better."

When Crowell was injured for five games last season, Holloway and Ford stepped in and Carver didn't miss a beat. They still made it to the state semifinals.

"It definitely helped it gave them game time experience," McGee said. "But this is a totally different team. We have a totally different line in front of those guys blocking. It's not the same exact line, so things are going to be a little different."

This year's Tigers are young, only returning three offensive starters. "We have not a lot of game time experience," said senior defensive back Robert Wright. "I know that they're kind of young. But we're going to get better as the season goes on. We've got talent. We just need more experience."

Last week, the Tigers got their feet wet in a jamboree game, losing to Central 20-6. Still, it wasn't the kind of performance fans expect from Carver.

"It was just I didn't expect the guys to be like they were," Holloway said. "They just wanted the ball more. They wanted to see who can do the most and stuff, instead of just playing how we know to play."

As soon as the game was over, the Carver coaches got on the players in the film room and the field about the lack of teamwork and focus. But McGee isn't fretting over one preseason game. "Time is going to be our best ally right now. The more time we get I think the better we'll become."

Carver and Spencer tee it up for the 49th Heritage Bowl on Friday. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET at McClung Memorial Stadium.

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