SPORTSLINE SUMMER CAMP: Albany Hornets

SPORTSLINE SUMMER CAMP: Albany Hornets
Albany Hornets (Source: WAFB)

ALBANY, La. (WAFB) - There was a lot of buzz about a month ago about what they were calling “Murder Hornets.” You may have seen it on your social media. It had a lot of people terrified, actually.

It has seemed to die down quite a bit now but a trip to Albany involved a conversation with a different group of Hornets for stop No. 34 of Sportsline Summer Camp.

SPORTSLINE SUMMER CAMP: Albany Hornets - Part 1
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Head coach Mike Janis is getting his guys in shape as they come off a 5-5 regular season record, which ended with a first-round playoff loss to Caldwell Parish.

And while consistency and handling adversity are a few things they want to get right, there are some qualities that they are building upon going into 2020. One of them is team chemistry.

Albany put some young talent on the field in 2019 but the Hornets were still able to sting opponents on the scoreboard, averaging 32 points in 10 games. They were led by their dynamic quarterback, J.J. Doherty, who is coming off a sophomore season where he accounted for nearly 3,400 total yards.

“What he accomplished last year, I think really did not get the attention it deserved,” said Janis. “He had a fantastic season and I think he is going to continue to progress into somebody that is going to command the attention of Louisiana high school football.”

One of your assistant coaches told me that you are a stud.

“I get told that a lot,” said Doherty. “I like to run but most college coaches don’t like just a running quarterback, so I want to try to become a better passer.”

Doherty gets his two main targets back on the outside. Senior receivers Mikey McCahill and Rhett Wolfe look to continue their role in this spread offense.

“My biggest advantage is speed,” said Wolfe. “Getting open, hitting me on the deep routes even on short routes, and being able to break one free at any given time.”

“Rhett is a dynamic athlete. Extremely gifted with his speed, his athleticism, his burst in and out of cuts. He’s tough to cover,” Janis added.

Janis is entering his third season as the program’s head coach and has now added defensive coordinator to his title. He said the defense came on strong at the end of last season and they should be in better shape with eight returning starters.

“We had guys contribute all over the place as sophomores last year. We return some guys who will be seniors, we return a lot of kids who will be juniors, and they got a lot of experience. Justin Coats will anchor that defense for us at middle linebacker as a kid that had close to 140 tackles last season,” Janis explained.

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