Editor's note: This is the final in a series of articles concerning preparations for preseason football workouts at Northeastern A&M College. The Golden Norsemen are scheduled to report Aug. 7.
With four returning lettermen, the Northeastern A&M Golden Norse secondary and kicking game should be the cornerstone of the defensive unit.
“Our secondary is extremely talented,” Golden Norse head coach Rob Green said. “They do an excellent job of coverage and they are all solid tacklers.”
Returning starters Adrian Adams (6-1, 190 of Oklahoma City Millwood) and Leotis Gordon (5-9, 183 of Putnam City) anchor the corners in the secondary.
Adams recorded 28 unassisted tackles, 30 assists while leading NEO with 15 pass deflections. He also made two pass interceptions for three return yards.
Gordon registered 14 solo tackles and 11 assists with four quarterback sacks for minus-21 yards and three pass deflections. He recorded two interceptions for nine return yards.
Freshmen signees Justin Fields (5-10, 185 of Ardmore) and Cleo Harris (6-0, 180 of McLain) are expected to provide depth at cornerbacks.
Sophomore Kylee Hill (5-10, 191 of Bristow) returns at strong safety after recording five unassisted tackles and five assists last season. Hill, who could also play a corner position, also made two pass deflections and one interception as a freshman.
Challenging Hill for the starting spot is redshirt freshman Justus Tombs (5-8, 202 of Edmond).
Redshirt freshmen Chad Munson (6-2, 186 of Miami) and Jeffrey Johnson (6-1, 203 of Putnam City) are battling for the starting free safety position.
Freshman recruit Eric William (5-10, 175 of Tulsa Union) is expected to challenge for a starting job in the secondary.
Expected to return as both the punter and placekicker is sophomore Jeremy Knott (6-4, 185 of Tulsa East Central). As a freshman, Knott led the SWJCFC in punting with a 40.2 average on 43 attempts. He ranked third on the NEO team with 40 total points which included seven field goals and a perfect 19 of 19 extra points.
“Not only do we have the league's best punter coming back,” Green said. “But, we're also returning our deep snapper which is extremely important.”
Sophomore Ben Hampton (6-3, 252 of Grove) handled the deep snapping chores as a freshman.
Expected to challenge for the kicking responsibilities are freshmen signees Adam Pryor (5-11, 165 of Miami) and Kelby Price (5-11, 170 of Ardmore).