PONCHATOULA, LA (WAFB) - The fourth installment of Sportsline Summer Camp on Saturday featured the Ponchatoula Green Wave, which got off to a 2-1 start in 2017, only to lose six straight contests and crash to a 2-8 finish.
However, this year, the Green Wave are banking on a turnaround, thanks to a giant quarterback who returns for his junior season. TJ Finley stands somewhere between 6-foot-6 and 6-foot-7 and has already verbally committed to the LSU Tigers for the class of 2020.
Finley has a big arm and is capable of firing missiles down the field, as we saw at a recent 7-on-7 workout hosted by Walker High School.
Veteran head coach Hank Tierney said the Green Wave is implementing more of a spread attack on offense this season, to better suit Finley's skill set.
"They're really working hard and getting better every day," said Finley. "We in the weight room 7:00 in the morning every day. I see the commitment. Every guy shows up every single day. They support me and everything I do, while I try to help them get better as we progress during the summer. We're just ready for the fall."
"Part of what we're doing with our offense is because of TJ's skill set," Tierney added. "He can throw it and we have to get our guys to where we can catch it, where we can protect him. We think the sky is the limit and we can get better. Like today, having been interviewed in June because I have this good quarterback. Yeah, it's been a pleasant distraction, though. If Louisiana State University recruits you, that's good for the city of Ponchatoula, Ponchatoula High School, for everyone. The L stands for Louisiana. We're thrilled that we have kids good enough to be recruited by LSU."