COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - They say "next man up" and in Spencer's case, it was the right man up.
Jaharee Mons stepped in for the injured Jaleel Grimes the past two weeks, and helped lead the Green Wave to a pair of wins.
"In the last couple of weeks, he's put the offense on his back," head coach Pierre Coffey said. "Between himself and Khalil Thomas, they've played lights out for us."
Mons not only plugged a hole, he found a few in opposing defenses. He rushed for 119 yards against Jordan, then had another solid performance the following week against Temple.
"I didn't think anything about it," Mons said. "Me playing the role that I had to play, I was going to have to step up and gain big yards because he was gaining big yards. I just knew I had to do my part and do well in my part."
He's just a junior, but Mons showed the maturity to be the main guy to tote the rock if needed.
"Not the biggest guy, but from his personality and his demeanor, you couldn't tell that he wasn't the biggest guy in the room so he's been doing awesome," Coffey said.
Teammate Ye'Majesty Sanders agrees, and says Mons can turn it up when needed."You always catch him smiling, laughing, but when he's on the football field, the switch comes on so that's the difference between him and a lot of people," Sanders said.
Grimes returns to the lead role this week, but perhaps a new dimension is added with a pair of rushing threats.
"It's big," Sanders said. "It's a weapon. It's somebody we can use and we can count on to get us in the endzone."
The Green Wave could see the endzone even more with another threat out of the backfield. In Columbus, Paul Stockman WTVM Sports Leader 9.
Spencer hits the road to face Callaway this Friday. We'll be live from our Sports Overtime Game of the Week at 5, 5:30 and 6 with highlights from this and other games from the Valley later that night at 11 Eastern.
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