"He's competitive, he's quick, he's got good speed, he throws the ball pretty good, but right now he's more of a thrower than a passer," Lemley said. "He needs to learn how to get some touch on the ball, but it's a matter of he'll be better in game five than he is in game one. He's going to make a mistake or two, but he can also help us out on some plays."
Stewart chose to sit out his sophomore season to focus on baseball, but didn't end up playing that, either. Kenny Stewart also didn't play football last year.
That was a theme for the Dots as the team had only 21 players by the time last season ended. As a result, Poca limped to a 2-8 record, including losing its final seven games.
This year, Lemley said he has around 40 players in the fold.
"That's probably more than we've had in three or four years," Justin Stewart said. "We're all strong, our linemen get along together. We've just got to communicate, they've got to hold their blocks - they're doing alright."
Like most teams, the Dots are dealing with some minor injury problems as running back Levi Clendenin and offensive lineman Dante Barnett are both dealing with knee issues. Both were at practice on Wednesday, although Lemley wasn't sure of the status of either in terms of the season opener next week at Nitro.
Speaking of which, that date is rapidly approaching, and overall Lemley is optimistic despite the team's inexperience and injury woes.
"It's a work in progress," Lemley said. "I think we can be decent, I really do, but if two or three guys aren't doing their job out there, it's going to be difficult.
"If you don't bring you're 'A' game in this conference, you're going to get your butt kicked."
Stewart is just a bit more confident.
"We just need to get out, practice hard, hustle, and get our conditioning ready for next week when we face Nitro," Stewart said. "We'll be ready."
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