NCCU, 1st-year coach Jerry Mack to debut in spring game Friday

Apr. 10, 2014 @ 06:36 PM

Four turnovers during N.C. Central’s intra-squad scrimmage at Rocky Mount High School last Saturday earned the offense some tough love and even tougher words from first-year head coach Jerry Mack, who said mistakes like that are unacceptable.

The Eagles wrap up their spring practices today with their Maroon-Gray game at O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium (6 p.m., free admission).

NCCU’s offense and defense will go head-to-head from various starting positions on the field. Standard scoring will apply for the offense, plus one point for each first down. The defense will get four points for each stopped drive, plus one point for an interception or fumble recovery and one point for a three-and-out series. No team can score more than seven points per drive.

The Eagles were 5-7 a year ago.

NCCU’s defensive coaches actually had to run sprints because of the turnovers during the scrimmage in Rocky Mount. They’ll run more this evening if the offense loses the ball enough times.

NCCU cornerbacks coach Andre George said the team’s defensive coaches have demonstrated their commitment to winning by striking a deal with the team’s defensive players:

Anytime NCCU’s defenders fail to come up with three turnovers during either practices or games, their punishment is three sets of sprints, George said. But if the players get the job done, then the defensive coaches have to do the running, he said. The coaches are on the hook for more sprints for every turnover beyond the quota, George said.

During the scrimmage at Rocky Mount High School, NCCU defensive back C.J. Moore turned a bad snap by the center into a touchdown.

NCCU redshirt-sophomore linebacker Jeremy Thompson, who played at Southern High School, got plenty of reps with the projected starters.

Thompson was playing weak-side linebacker and redshirt sophomore Jordan Miles was on the strong side. Those two have big cleats to fill with former linebacker Tazmon Foster no longer policing the middle of the field.

Foster last season as a senior led the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference with 144 tackles.

Mack, NCCU's offensive coordinator, said he liked what his team's defense did during the scrimmage in Rocky Mount.

But the Eagles on the other side of the ball need to tighten up, Mack said.


1 Dequadis Tucker Dequadis Tucker R-Jr. WR 5-6 160 Atlanta, GA / New Schools at Carver
2 Ryan Smith Ryan Smith R-Jr. DB 6-0 180 Upper Marlboro, MD / Wise
3 Tim Thaniel Tim Thaniel R-So. DB 6-0 190 Chesterfield, VA / Clover Hill
4   Franky Okafor Jr. WR 6-3 190 Arlington, TX / Lamar
5 Andre Clarke Andre Clarke R-Sr. RB 5-10 230 Mauldin, S.C. / Mauldin
6 Ty Brown Ty Brown R-Sr. LB 6-5 225 Charlotte, NC / Newton Conover
7 Jeremy Thompson Jeremy Thompson R-So. LB 6-1 225 Durham, NC / Southern
8   Quentin Atkinson Jr. WR 6-0 190 Raleigh, NC / Southeast Raleigh
9   Quinn Billerman Jr. QB 6-3 215 Raleigh, NC / Ravenscroft
10 Jordan Miles Jordan Miles R-So. LB 5-11 225 Woodbridge, VA / Gar-Field
12 Tony Tate Tony Tate R-So. WR 6-0 170 Henrico, VA / Varina
14 Davonta' Farrell Davonta' Farrell R-Sr. QB 6-2 215 Baltimore, Md. / Perry Hall HS
15 Malcolm  Bell Malcolm Bell R-So. QB 6-1 190 Richmond, VA / Henrico
16 DeMario Johnson DeMario Johnson Sr. WR 5-9 165 Charlotte, NC / South Mecklenburg
17 Cameron Hughes Cameron Hughes R-Sr. DB 6-0 180 Charlotte, NC / Hopewell
18 Matt Goggans Matt Goggans R-Sr. QB 6-3 225 Pine Grove, CA / Amador
19 Tariq Jacobs Tariq Jacobs R-Fr. DB 5-10 170 Norfolk, Va. / Booker T. Washington HS
21 Adrian Wilkins Adrian Wilkins R-Jr. WR 5-8 170 Forest City, NC / East Rutherford
22 Shaheed Swinson Shaheed Swinson R-So. RB 5-8 160 Kinston, NC / Kinston
23 Theo Livingston Theo Livingston R-Jr. DB 5-10 200 Fayetteville, NC / Westover
24 Haki Dennis Haki Dennis R-Jr. DB 5-8 185 Baltimore, MD / Woodlawn
25 Idreis Augustus Idreis Augustus R-Jr. RB 5-7 190 Springfield, Va. / Robert E. Lee
26 Kevin Staton Kevin Staton Sr. TE 6-2 255 Washington, DC / Wise
27 Kevin Thompson Kevin Thompson R-Jr. RB 5-9 180 Washington, DC / McKinley Tech
28 Deyonta Wright Deyonta Wright Jr. RB 5-9 175 Charlotte, NC / Myers Park
29 Neil Williams Neil Williams R-Jr. LB 6-2 220 Chester, SC / Chester
31 Tre Smith Tre Smith R-So. LB 6-3 205 Upper Marlboro, MD / Wise
32 C.J. Moore C.J. Moore Sr. DB 6-2 195 Raleigh, NC / Southeast Raleigh
35 Michael Jones Michael Jones So. DB 5-9 175 Baltimore, Md. / Milford Mill Academy
36 Oleg Parent Oleg Parent Sr. K 5-10 160 Lake Forest, CA / Trabuco Hills
37 Tony Williams IV Tony Williams IV R-Jr. DB 6-0 190 Nashville, TN / Hillsboro
38 Wallace Cooper Wallace Cooper Sr. LB 5-9 210 Hightstown, N.J. / Hightstown HS
39 Sayyid Muhammad Sayyid Muhammad R-Sr. DB 6-0 190 Charlotte, NC / Olympic
40 Rakeem Covington Rakeem Covington R-So. LB 5-11 215 Laurinburg, N.C. / Scotland HS
40 George Passley George Passley Jr. FB 5-10 270 Garner, N.C. / Garner HS
41 Hakiem Swann Hakiem Swann So. DB 5-8 165 Portsmouth, Va. / I.C. Norcom HS
42 Felix Small Felix Small Sr. DL 6-2 250 Brooklyn, N.Y. / Erasmus Hall HS
43 Brandon McLaren Brandon McLaren R-So. PK/P 5-9 170 Miami, FL / Archbishop Coleman Carroll
44 Daryl Campbell-Pierre Daryl Campbell-Pierre R-Fr. DB 5-11 205 Charlotte, N.C. / Independence HS
45 Demontray Ryland Demontray Ryland R-Sr. LB 6-2 245 Portsmouth, VA / IC Norcom
47 Kris Johnson Kris Johnson Jr. LB 5-10 210 Albany, Ga. / Southview HS
48 Reginald Baker Reginald Baker So. RB 5-7 215 Charlotte, N.C. / Independence HS
49 Cam Sullivan Cam Sullivan Jr. DB 5-7 155 Charlotte, N.C. / Harding University HS
51 Darius Spruill Darius Spruill R-So. DL 6-1 260 Chesterfield, VA / Thomas Dale
52 Reggie Hunter Reggie Hunter So. LB 6-0 205 Henderson, N.C. / Southern Vance HS
54 Keiton Burgess Keiton Burgess So. OL 6-3 310 Sumter, S.C. / Crestwood HS
55 Carl Jones Carl Jones R-Fr. OL 6-1 285 Nashville, TN / Pearl- Cohn
56 Clevonne Davis Clevonne Davis Jr. OL 6-2 295 Miramar, FL / Miramar
57 Decarreus Mason Decarreus Mason R-So. OL 6-4 295 Boynton Beach, FL / Boynton Beach
61 Zachary Giles Zachary Giles R-Jr. OL 6-0 310 Durham, NC / Hillside
64 Ty Gatson Ty Gatson R-So. OL 6-3 280 Parker, TX / Plano East Senior
66 D'Andre Ellis D'Andre Ellis R-So. DL 6-1 260 Raleigh, N.C. / Garner Magnet HS
68 Alex Williams Alex Williams So. DB 5-10 190 Fayetteville, N.C. / E.E. Smith HS
69 Darius James Darius James R-Jr. OL 6-3 305 Shallotte, NC / West Brunswick
70 Jayson Black Jayson Black R-So. OL 6-3 320 Stone Mountain, GA / Redan
71 Desmond Cooper Desmond Cooper R-So. OL 6-6 330 Stafford, VA / Mountain View
74 Jamaal Symmonett Jamaal Symmonett R-So. OL 6-3 305 Nassau, Bahamas / Champagnat Catholic
78 Christopher Pressley Christopher Pressley Sr. OL 6-5 360 Upper Marlboro, Md. / Forestville Military Academy
83 Nathan Scruggs Nathan Scruggs R-Jr. TE 6-2 235 Jacksonville, FL / Fletcher
86 Micah Martin Micah Martin Jr. LS 6-2 220 Durham, NC / Clement Early College
90 Darius Williams Darius Williams R-So. WR 5-10 175 Clayton, N.C. / West Johnston HS
91   Richard Mitchell Jr. DL 6-5 250 Southaven, MS / Southaven
93 JaCory Fitzgerald JaCory Fitzgerald R-Fr. DL 6-0 260 Dinwiddie, Va. / Dinwiddie County HS
94 Destin Underwood Destin Underwood R-So. DL 6-0 230 Laurinburg, N.C. / Scotland HS
95 Daniel Rhodes Daniel Rhodes R-So. DL 6-1 255 Charlotte, N.C. / Independence HS
96 Roderick Roderick "Dee" Harris So. DL 6-1 260 Simpsonville, S.C. / Hillcrest HS
97 Phillip Mitchell Phillip Mitchell R-So. DL 6-5 295 Columbus, GA / Northside
98 Justin Williams Justin Williams R-So. DL 6-0 295 Warrenton, NC / Warren County
99 Kenjorie Ware Kenjorie Ware R-Fr. DL 5-10 285 Greenwood, S.C. / Greenwood HS
Coaching Staff
  Name Title
Jerry Mack Jerry Mack Head Coach, Football
Granville Eastman Granville Eastman Assistant Coach, Football (Defensive Coordinator/Safeties)
Mike Mendenhall Mike Mendenhall Assistant Coach, Football (Special Teams Coordinator/Linebackers)
Chris Buckner Chris Buckner Assistant Coach, Football (Wide Receivers/Recruiting Coordinator)
T.C. Taylor T.C. Taylor Assistant Coach, Football (Quarterbacks)
Adrian Jones Adrian Jones Assistant Coach, Football (Running Backs)
Andre George Andre George Assistant Coach, Football (Cornerbacks)
Jason Onyebuagu Jason Onyebuagu Assistant Coach, Football (Offensive Line)
Mike McCarthy Mike McCarthy Assistant Coach, Football (Tight Ends)
  Jason Blalock Assistant Coach, Football (Defensive Line)
Jon Bradley Jon Bradley Assistant Coach, Football (Defensive Line Assistant)
Arthur Goforth Arthur Goforth Football, Defensive Assistant
Jordan Reid Jordan Reid Football, Offensive Assistant
Jashell Mitchell Jashell Mitchell Director of Football Operations
Brenda Williams Brenda Williams

Office Manager, Football