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Browning, FHS QB, breaks leg; Dawgs finish spring vs. Powell

If Reese Browning had to suffer a broken leg, better in spring practice than in the fall.

Browning, standout Farragut High School rising senior quarterback, broke the tibia bone of his right leg during a scrimmage versus Morristown West Thursday, May 14, at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City. Eddie Courtney, FHS head coach, said he’s confident Browning will be back 100 percent for fall practice in August.

“He’ll be out six weeks,” Courtney said. “At least he has the summer to recover. ... He’s the kinda kid that works extremely hard.”

High-lighting his team’s 10-day spring practice, Courtney labeled a May 11 scrimmage at McMinn County “very physical. ... We got better as it went along.” Against Morristown West, “We started off very well. ... We got to play a lot more kids.”

Defensively, the FHS skipper said he was most pleased with linebackers and defensive linemen. On the DL, Courtney praised Greg Grieco, Zach Simmons, Gabe White and Tyler Bradley. “Gabe White had a great spring at defensive end, worked hard,” Courtney said.

“The linebacking corps was led by Brooks Harper, and we felt like Robbie Leonard had a great spring.” At outside linebacker were Daniel Pitcher, Bao Nguyen, Devan Hartman and Devin Ishak.

Coming into spring, Courtney said the team’s biggest defensive concern was “making sure we solidified the secondary, and I think we were able to do that.” Depth remains a concern.

At cornerback, Elliott Jetton and Tanner Burnette join Tinto Perez, a transfer who is “a really good athlete.” Safety finds Nathan Gibson and Jacob Johnson battling it out.

Offensively, the line has four starters to replace and is a big concern for Courtney.

Tackle Jacob Gilliam, the one returnee, and center Bobby Fricks, “those two guys kinda led things, were consistent this spring,” Courtney said, adding about the other OT spot, “I thought Justin Poplawski had a good spring.” As for guards, “We have a lot of guys competing.”

Among receivers, “One that stepped up this spring was Braden Urevick,” Courtney said. “Of course, Lee Van Dyne [returning standout] had a good spring.”

Returnee Deandre Purty carried a lot of the running back load because Montre Hutson “was limited this spring because of a hamstring pull.” Also, “Zack Hannay had a good spring at running back and tailback. Very physical.”

Behind Browning at quarterback, “Right now the battle is between Cody Rule and Bryan Tillman.”

As for special teams, “We’re excited about our kicking game, led by Christian Ponce (placekicking),” Courtney said. Brad Galloway and Nathan Storms served as punters and placekickers.


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