|J.C. Smith head coach Kermit Blount takes over Golden Bulls offense|
|Hands-on approach includes play-calling|
|Published Friday, March 22, 2019 11:00 am|
|FILE PHOTO | CURTIS WILSON|
|Johnson C. Smith football coach Kermit Blount is taking over play calling duties starting with spring drills. He’ll also work directly with the Golden Bulls’ quarterbacks after an offseason shakeup in which the offensive and defensive coordinators were fired.|
Kermit Blount is returning to his roots as a play-caller.
The Johnson C. Smith head coach has taken over as the Golden Bulls’ offensive coordinator after an offseason shakeup in which Steve Shipp and James Lott were fired as the top offensive and defensive assistants, respectively. Blount will call plays and work directly with quarterbacks, jobs he held as an assistant at Howard, South Carolina State and East Carolina.
“We’re not going to bring in an offensive coordinator,” he said. “We’re going to put my hands back in it a little bit along with the offensive staff and we’re going to co-coordinate this thing and try to get it off to a new start.”
Blount is already at work on the added responsibilities during spring drills, which started Tuesday. The 15-day practice period wraps on April 6.
“It’s a little work, but I’ve been there before,” he said. “It’s all about coaching. One thing about the coaching business – terminology changes but the game remains the same.”
Blount’s immediate goal is to help returning quarterbacks Antonio Wallace and De’Andre Robinson take command of the offense by making adjustments when necessary. Wallace earned a spot on the CIAA all-freshman team after completing 114-of-241 passes for 1,344 yards and 10 touchdowns last year. Robinson, who played sparingly as a freshman, completed 8-of-21 attempts for 112 yards and a score.
“We’ve got to get both of them better,” Blount said. …“I think they need to be taught and given some knowledge about the position to help them become better football players, and I think they’re going to be OK. Certainly, I want to put them in position where they can help run the football team on the field opposed to us just running it from the sideline.”
The new defensive coordinator, Johnson Hunter, has Division I experience as an assistant at FBS programs South Carolina and Mississippi and FBS Hampton, an HBCU program.
“He’s worked at a lot of different places, been in the business a long time, brings a wealth of knowledge,” Blount said. “He’s going to be good for our kids.”
“Hunter’s challenge is to improve one of the nation’s worst defenses last season. JCSU allowed an average of 36.3 points and 380.2 yards per game, as the Golden Bulls were especially vulnerable against the run. More scoring – JCSU averaged 15.3 points an outing in 2018 – would help.
“We’re putting a few changes in the offense and of course, we have a new defensive coordinator,” Blount said, “so we’ll slow things down so [Hunter] can introduce defense and then we can come back and make the changes offensively we’re going to make and start these kids off on a nice pattern.”
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