D190724 FCA 7on7

East Lawrence's Levi Barner Tuesday during FCA 7on7 at Jack Allen Soccer Complex. [DAN BUSEY/DECATUR DAILY]

With workouts starting a few weeks ago, we’re barreling towards the start of football practice, which according to new rules, will be allowed to start as early as July 27 this year. 

Of course with Covid-19, there’s still a lot of question marks and even more unknowns regarding how things are going to play out. 

But for the moment lets just pretend like there are no worries and the season will start on time without any problems. 

The 2020 football promises to be one of the most intriguing in Lawrence County in recent memory. 

To top it off, there are going to be a lot of players to look out for this fall. 

Here’s a few of those players to watch out for.

Jaxon Mitchell, Hatton running back and defensive back 

Mitchell is coming off an All State season as a defensive back, but he does just as much damage on the offensive side of the ball. 

A player who never comes off the field from start to finish,  Mitchell might be one of the most versatile players in the county. 

DJ Wiggins, R.A. Hubbard quarterback 

Wiggins showed a lot of promise in his first season as signal caller for the Chiefs, despite missing a few games. 

Just a sophomore a year ago, the sky’s the limit for the next two years. 

Juan Lopez, East Lawrence linebacker 

A transfer from Hatton, Lopez wasted no time in making the same big impact for the Eagles as he did the Hornets a season ago. 

A first team All-County linebacker, Lopez is arguably the top player at the position coming into this season. 

Dallan Montgomery, Lawrence County Offensive lineman 

You have to give some love to the boys up front, and Lawrence County has had several to write home about in recent years. 

This year will be no different, and leading the pack is Lawrence County’s Dallan Montgomery. 

After a successful first season as a sophomore left tackle, Montgomery is being identified by recruiting services as possibly one of the top tackles in Alabama. 

Omar Napier, R.A. Hubbard running back

It was great seeing Napier back on the field last year after missing all of the 2018 season due to injury. 

Of course, the 2019 season wasn’t at all what the Chiefs envisioned as they dealt with issues such as injuries to top players, including Napier. 

Hopefully 2020 will be the injury free breakthrough season for Napier. 

Briley Kerby, Hatton quarterback 

Kerby started the season at quarterback for Hatton as just a freshman and helped lead the Hornets to a winning season. 

Kerby finished the year as a second team All County selection and comes into the 2020 seson as the most experienced signal caller in the county. 

Garrett Lee, Lawrence County receiver and safety 

For the past two years Lee has shared the field with some talented playmakers such as Jacob Little and the Strickland brothers Tayi and Malik, but didn’t have any problem making impact plays. 

They’re all gone now, leaving Lee to lead the pack.

To his credit, he has drawn college interest prior to this season. 

Levi Barnes, East Lawrence receiver, defensive back, quarterback 

It’s been a tough road for Barnes. 

As a sophomore he won the starting quarterback job only to break his collarbone and miss the season in the first game. 

As a junior, he switched to receiver, only for the Eagles to move to a super run heavy offense. 

Barnes has been described as arguably the most athletic athlete on the team, and perhaps the school. 

With new head coach Bo Culver, one of the top offensive minds in Alabama, it’ll be interesting to see if he can unleash Barnes’ potential. 

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