The Mullins Auctioneers football team is anxious to begin the 2014 season under head coach John Williams. Williams says, "Barring injury, I think we'll be very compeitive in our conference this year."
The Aucs finished last season with a 5-6 record, and a first round exit in the Class AA Division II playoffs.
Depth is a concern for Mullins this year. Williams says most of his starters will play both offense and defense. Williams says his players have had the best off-season weight training workouts in his three years at the school.
They have five starters returning on offense, including sophomore quarterback Riyan Gore, who threw for 1,343 yards and 13 touchdowns last season. But they'll have to replace leading receiver and WPDE All-Zone selection Keon Swinton, and top rusher Justin Hamilton.
Kyrei Platt will take over most of the rushing chores, after piling up 547 yards and 5 TD's on the ground last year. Platt is also a dangerous receiver. Dominic Pritchett is expected to become one of the Aucs top targets at wide receiver.
Six starters are back on defense. Sack leader Tyler Mason has graduated. But Mullins has plenty of defensive muscle including linemen Ra'shaun Deas, Corey Mullins and Markel Williams. Derrick Drawhorn will pull double-duty at linebacker and running back.
Mullins will open the 2014 season at home on August 22nd against the Lamar Silver Foxes.