Wildcat football blog, Day 4
Thursday, the last day of shorts and T-shirts was met with more enthusiasm by the coaches, than the players.
Coaches were very excited about the turn in events
LAUNCH PAD- Head coach Greg Owens told O line coach William Blaylock that at the end of Thursday's practice
he could outfit the blocking sleds with pads in anticipation of Friday's first day of work with the players in pads.
Blaylock had a hearty laugh and a grin as he rubbed his hands together, "I get to bring out the big toys."
Owens interjected, "I get to take the sled on the maiden voyage."
Owens said pads make a big difference in the work you can get done. "You find out who can play and tackle."
The coach said until Friday coaches and players had been learning techniques.
OH CHUTE - The Sulphur Springs big offensive line bruisers got to use the metal frame which prevents them from
raising up too high in their line formations, Owens calls it "the chute."
GOOD HANDS! - Alvin Frazier is one of the Sulphur Springs returning wide receivers who is impressing new
position coach D.J. Mann. Mann said, "I want Alvin to be the first receiver I have coached who gets 100 catches
in the season. You heard it here first." If Frazier got over 100 catches, he would be second player to do. Jace Jackson, now playing for the Sam Houston Bearkats had 106 his senior year in 2008. Frazier caught 21 passes for 237 yards last year with time limited due to injury.
MAD HATTER - perhaps the best piece of headgear being worn in practice is the weathered, worn, straw hat covering assistant coach Triston Abron.
Abron is a JV coordinator and is the coach for the safeties on varsity defense. He was smiling at the work done by his group Thursday.
"We have two guys - Tylan Harris and Sharard Timmons who have played on Friday night. Then we figure in the newer guys Trey Younger, Chris Duran and George Green. When any of those five are on the field, we will be all right."
Abron said that the safeties will not have as many tackles as safeties did in recent years. "So we better have a lot of interceptions or I am going to be upset." Abron said one of the benefits of his job is watching the development of players and how they improve each season. "This is the fun part for me. I have confidence in our guys and they have confidence in their ability. I think this team will be good in the secondary."
Abron said enthusiasm and energy by defense all flows down from defensive coordinator Matt Young. "He demands that players have at a certain level of energy and we all feed off that. Football is an emotional game, if you don't play with emotion, you are not going to have much fun."
NASCAR TIME - the Sulphur Springs offense first and second team members took turns going against the defense with mixed results.
Trae Dean and Frazier had some nice catches. Timmons had a pick and a pass broken up. At the end of a possession, field goal kicker
Fernando Arellano was good with a kick made from game conditions. Offensive coordinator Jeff Riordan said, "We had some mental errors, but we will be okay. It was our first day to work on blitz pickups."
SEND IN THE CLOUDS- Yes it was hot at football practice Thursday, but only 97 degrees near noon, compared to 99 the day before. It could have been
linked to cloud cover, at least 15 low, white puffy clouds were spotted over the field against the hot blue sky. Unless they were actually spies from other programs.
INTRASQUAD SCRIMMAGE- will be held 10 a.m. Friday, according to Greg Owens. Pads will be issued at 7 a.m. the start of practice.
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