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South GA stars leading GA Military

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Emanuel Byrd Emanuel Byrd
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Brenten Wimberly Brenten Wimberly
MILLEDGEVILLE, GA (WALB) -

They are not the Bulldogs football team many in Georgia think of, but much like the team from Athens, Georgia Military College is also relying on south Georgia products.

GMC is coming off a 2013 season that saw them finish as NJCAA National Runners-Up.

If they want to return to the championship game, it will be talents from our area that help lead them.

Former Albany Indian Emanuel Byrd finished spring practice as the team's number one QB, and will likely be the starter heading into the season.

Byrd spent the 2013 season as the backup, but saw playing time. He threw for three TD's and ran for another. Head coach Bert Williams expects Byrd to slide into the starting role seamlessly.

"The biggest thing was probably refining things like his footwork, his lower body preparation to make the throws, and things like that," he says. "But he had a good spring and we're looking forward to him having good summer workouts and a good camp."

Williams says he's been impressed with what he's seen out of the former AHS four-year starter.

"Emanuel probably has one of the best work ethics on the team. He comes in every day, serious about what he's doing," Williams says. "He's committed to learning how to be the best quarterback he can be and polishing his skills and to go out there and lead the offense."

Byrd isn't alone in his south Georgia roots.

One of the men who will likely earn his keep protecting Byrd is former Early Co. Bobcat Shaq Powell.

"I expect Shaq to be one of our guards next year," says Williams. "He certainly has the power and the punch to give us a good player in there."

Williams noted that many college scouts left Milledgeville impressed with Powell's ability.

The Bulldogs also bolstered the defensive side of the ball with south Georgia talent, signing former Westover LB Brenten Wimberly earlier this spring.

The former Patriot led all of GHSA in sacks in 2013, and Williams says Wimberly will be a welcome addition to a depleted linebacking corps.

"We've got one linebacker period returning from last year's bunch," he says. "So we need at least five or six freshmen to come in."

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