Manns Versatility To Be Featured In Tygers Attack

  • 6/19/2017 6:28:22 PM
  • Brian Skowronski
  • Local Sports

MANSFIELD, OH- The 2016-'17 school year may have just ended but athletes at Mansfield Senior are already focused on football for the upcoming season.

Coming off a 6-4 campaign in 2016 which featured record-setting running back Brian Benson, now rushing for the University of Findlay, the Tygers will have to fill a 2,038 yard, 27 touchdown void in the backfield. The feat, of course, is challenging but looks less daunting with an athlete like Jornell Manns on the roster.

The stud senior athlete has already committed to play Big Ten college football for the University of Minnesota next fall because of his imposing speed and stunning quickness. In his final high school season, Manns figures to be used in a variety of different fashions to best utilize his athletic gifts. 

"I'm gonna be everywhere this year," Manns says. "I won't just be sitting in the backfield or out wide, I'm gonna try to be doing a little bit of everything."

The Golden Gophers commit says an individual goal that intrigues him is gaining 1,000 yards both rushing and receiving. The Mansfield program has produced a bevy of 1,000-yard seasons over the last several years and Tygers head coach Chioke Bradley says the offensive coaching staff is already assuring him that another one is in the making. Returning all five starters across the offensive front with perhaps the largest collection of big men Bradley has coached during his eight-year tenure helps provide confidence that it will actually happen.  

Bradley also recognizes the team has plenty of depth at the wide receiver position and can likely use their perimeter talent to make up for the loss of the school's all-time leading rusher. "We may be missing Brian Benson," Bradley says, " but we'll surely make up for it with our wide receivers."

"It's gonna be hard to defend us, especially with that many wideouts," Manns agrees. "I don't have to be (line up wide), I can be moved around in the backfield and everything and moved to different wide receiver spots so we can cause many mismatches."

The Tygers still have most of their 10 days of scheduled summer practices remaining to find out exactly what type of personnel they can put on the field this fall. Bradley says he will be looking for "mistakes" throughout the team's summer camp so they can have them corrected by the time the season comes along. 


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