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Ouachita Parish - 2013 Schedule & Notes

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Notes on the Ouachita Parish Lions

They Move The Chains: Senior Nigel Dora emerged as a major star last season and he will be counted on to carry even more of the load this season. With a combination of speed and vision, he is a threat to take it the house on every carry. Northwestern State, Central Arkansas and McNeese State have already shown a lot of interest in Dora. WR Cameron Sims gives Ouachita one of the most dynamic playmakers in the state. With a rare blend of size and speed, Sims can beat you in a variety of ways. Senior Jalen Tolliver and Sophomore Dalen Jones give the lions an outstanding receiving corp. Tolliver is the younger brother of Chris who starred at Rayville and went on to play at LSU. Junior TE Carlos Robinson will be able to move the chains. With three juniors and two sophomores up front, the lions will be young, but talented.

Blitz Patrol: DE Eric Bowie is poised for a huge season. Bowie (6-2,220) is drawing interest from Tulane, ULL and Southern MIss and certainly looks like part. With a high motor, he will be counted on to be the team's defensive MVP. Junior Robert Willliams (5'10,285) adds some beef up front. OLB Brandon Victorian will also play a major role in the success of the Lions' defense.

Cleats to Fill: With the graduation of Diquan Wilson, the lions are looking for a new starting quarterback to emerge. Junior Charles Wright, Anthony Moore and Desmond Jones are all battling it for the job. There are also plenty of question marks on the offensive line as Ouachita attempts to replace all five starters. Linebacker Caleb Tucker has moved on the University of Houston. His play on the field and his leadership in the locker room will be missed. LB Shelby Smith was also a force last season as one of the team's leading tacklers. WR Taijuan Thomas a dynamic threat in the open field and he is now looking to make a name for himself at Stanford.

Unsung Hero: It all boils down Ouachita's front line. For the Lions to create headlines this season, this unit will have to come together quickly.

Ace Watch: Dora and Sims are looking to become repeat Aces. Both are capable of huge performances each week. From Josh Strong to Quentin Wheeler, Ouachita quarterbacks have a history of strutting away with t-shirts.

National Ink: Sims (6-4,200) is listed as one of the top WR prospects in the country. Nearly every BCS school in the south except LSU has offered him a scholarship. Scouts say Sims can overpower defensive backs for the ball or run past them. This should scare opposing defensive coordinators. Sims is still developing as a route runner and his best performances are still ahead of him. The 4-star recruit will be more the price admission in the fall. In the spring game against Bastrop, Sims put on a show with eight receptions for 190 yards in front of coaches from Texas, Alabama, TCU, Ole Miss, LSU, Mississippi St., Florida St., Louisiana Tech, ULM, Auburn, Notre Dame, USC, Georgia, Texas A&M and Ole Miss.

Must-See Matchup: Ouachita's schedule is peppered with great matchups. New head coach Jeff Fitzgerald makes his debut against Richwood to open the season. Week three the Lions play host to Neville. Traditionally this is one of the most entertaining contests of the regular season. The Ouachita / West Monroe showdown is scheduled for the ninth week of the season.

Postseason Prospects: With only four offensive and three defensive starters returning, the Lions have some major holes to fill. Fortunately, the underclassmen have the potential to shine under the Friday night lights. Coach Jeff Fitzgerald takes over the program for John Carr who left for a position with Southern Miss. Fitzgerald is no stranger to the program as he served as the lions defensive coordinator from 2005-2007.

Coach Talk: "It will be interesting to see how everyone fits in and how they respond the challenge. If you want to be successful and be the champion, you have to beat the guys across the river. We have not done it in a long time, but we are going to try." — Ouachita Head Coach Jeff Fitzgerald

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