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Manior, Mustangs glad to be back on the practice field
SEHS spring training - photo by Photo by Patrick Donahue

Blowing a whistle in his other coaching role is taboo for Greg Manior. But the whistles and shouts are just fine now that he’s at South Effingham’s spring football practice.

Manior, who doubles as the Mustangs boys’ and girls’ golf coach, was on the practice field Wednesday for the first time as the Mustangs’ two weeks of spring practice are under way.

“We had a good practice,” he said. “It’s good to be around football again. We saw some good things, but there’s a lot of things we can work on.”

Namely, the Mustangs, who have 60 rising sophomores through seniors in drills, are trying to fill some key spots.

“Offensive line is a big question mark,” Manior said. “Our two guards from last year have really stepped it up, but they’re young and we don’t have any backups.”

The Mustangs also are trying to solidify their tackle spots and find a replacement for the graduating Taylor Medlin at center, who was a first-team all-region pick.

“We’ve got a bunch of offensive linemen,” Manior said. “We’re trying to find the right combinations. We’ve got some guys trying to fill (Medlin’s) shoes.”

The Mustangs will work out until 6 p.m. each day this week and finish the drills with a scrimmage Friday.

“I’d like to go longer,” Manior said of the state-regulated two weeks, “but you don’t want to beat up your kids. I’d say it’s enough time.”