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Wynn-Coleman an instant hit with Jackets

 James Monroe freshman Antonio Wynn-Coleman throws down Kettle Run quarterback Carlos Vegerano for a loss.
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Date published: 12/4/2012

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Scott said he was initially skeptical that Wynn-Coleman could be effective this season, but quickly learned otherwise.

"I've never seen a freshman that big and that talented before," Scott said. "When I was a freshman, I was good, but I wasn't that big. He's unique."

The plan before the season was to place Wynn-Coleman next to 2011 All-Area performer Ryheem Perrin. But Perrin isn't on the team this year because of off-the-field issues, and Wynn-Coleman decided to wear No. 34 in his friend's honor.

"He just tells me what I need to do to help the team win," Wynn-Coleman said of his relationship with Perrin.

Serbay said Wynn-Coleman has figured out a large part of that.

Still, he said Wynn-Coleman needs to learn how to use his strength to his advantage at all times, and not to overrun plays.

He said Wynn-Coleman is often so quick to the opposing backfield that he gets caught out of position.

"I'll come off the ball too fast, and it's kind of hard to stop when you come off the ball that fast," Wynn-Coleman said. "So I'm trying to help myself break down and make the tackle in the backfield."

Next season, Wynn-Coleman's speed will be even more of a factor for the Yellow Jackets. Serbay plans to play him at running back in addition to nose guard.

And with his size and speed, he's hoping Wynn-Coleman can help the Yellow Jackets reach this point again in 2013.

"He has the whole world in front of him," Serbay said. "He's got everything he needs to be successful. He's just got to follow through on it."

Taft Coghill Jr.: 540/374-5526
Email: tcoghill@freelancestar.com


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