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Liggins a team player for East Webster football team

October 9, 2012

Deangelo Liggins has split time between quarterback and running back for East Webster this season. (Photo by Diana Edwards, For Starkville Daily News)

When it comes to being a team player, Deangelo Liggins is the definition.

The sophomore for the East Webster Wolverines was selected as the starting quarterback this season. Liggins has played running back for most of his life.

"He was a running back in junior high," East Webster head coach Doug Wilson said. "This is the first year he's ever quarterbacked. He's been one of our main running backs since 7th grade."

In last week's 34-6 win over J.Z. George, Liggins was moved back to running back.

"He did real well," Wilson said. "He looked pretty good doing it. He's an athlete. He can probably play any position we put him at."

Liggins has practiced at quarterback all offseason and season. Going back to what he grew up playing was a bit nerve-racking for Liggins, but he finally got back into his rhythm.

"I was nervous when I first got back there," Liggins said. "As they game went on, I (settled down) like I did when I was a running back. I have to give credit to my offensive line."

Wilson has a lot of options at quarterback, but most of them are very young. Liggins is the oldest of the Wolverine quarterbacks.

Freshmen Jack Wilson and Chase Keller are the two other quarterbacks. Keller got most of the playing time as signal caller in last week's game.

"We are just moving Liggins around right now looking at some different things," coach Wilson said. "We are trying to see where we can compete the best."

Liggins is the better quarterback of the three, but he has a great deal of athleticism and can be a big offensive threat at several different positions.

Coming out of spring and summer, Liggins distanced himself from the other quarterbacks.

"He has really improved and he has come a long way," coach Wilson said. "At the beginning of the season, it was unnatural to him because he has never done it. We worked him a good bit on 7-on-7 this summer. (He was) probably was the best passer out of the three quarterbacks we worked on this summer."

Liggins was unsure about the transition to quarterback over the offseason. As the season has progressed, he settled down and found a way to play the position.

"This is my first year playing quarterback," Liggins said. "I was pretty nervous too when I first started quarterback. As the season went along, I got better. When the coaches asked me to do it, I wanted to do the best in whatever position I was in."

Many might ask why move him from running back to quarterback. To coach Wilson, it's simple.

"He's a threat back there," coach Wilson said. "He's an extra running back. We put the ball in his hand every time. That was the plan starting the season."

Liggins gets a lot of attention with his offensive talents, but he is also the starting free safety and can be a threat on the defensive side of the football.

As for where he will play offensively this week, it is still up in the air. He may line up at quarterback, running back or split time at both against Williams Sullivan Friday night.

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