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Gators open season with plenty of holes to fill
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    Bulloch Academy has certainly heard all the questions.
    How will you replace quarterback and leader Jordan Walker? Where will you find a back whose caliber matches that of Ethan Lovett? There’s certainly no way to find a receiver as talented as Darion Carter, is there?
    “I’ve had a lot of people (ask those questions),” BA coach Clint Morgan said Monday morning. “You can’t replace those guys. We’re going to take the guys that we have and try and use their talents to the best that we can.”
    Bulloch took the field Monday morning for its first official fall practice. Expectations are low from a fans perspective after the loss of the three aforementioned — among others — but Morgan and his squad seem to be using that to their advantage.
    “We’re excited — it’s football season,” Morgan smiled. “(The players) are hearing the same thing everybody else is talking about — ‘how is BA going to be any good?’ We’re taking that as a challenge and we’re going to show ‘em.”
    There were just 23 green and gold jerseys Monday at Gator Alley, but Morgan said he’s encouraged with what talent and effort he’s seen so far.
    Walker’s brother Brandon is being groomed to take over the quarterback spot. The younger Walker has just as much ability as his elder brother, but he’s just a sophomore, and Morgan believes the potential for him to develop for three years under center will be key for BA.
    Taylor Burke and Crisp Academy transfer Brian Atkinson are expected to take over in the backfield alongside fullback David Poole. But the secret to BA’s success in 2008 may be the offensive line.
    “Our strength is going to be up front,” Morgan said. “We got a lot of returning players up front with Nathan Brown and Matt Simons and Eli Strickland, Michael Deloach — we just got a good group of lineman.”
    The Gators will showcase what they’ve got on Thursday when they host Memorial Day School for a scrimmage at 7 p.m. The game will be part of the Gridiron Greats Peanut Boil which begins at 5:30 p.m.
    “We want just to test to see where we are and what we’ve done so far in camp,” Morgan added. “We have six basic plays that we run offensively — so if we can execute those plays, we can play in any football game at anytime.”
    The Gators open the season Thursday, August 28 at 7:30 p.m. at home against David Emanuel Academy.

    Chad Bishop can be reached at (912) 489-9408.