The energy level of the Wildcats looked good considering the football team practiced outdoors in the heat twice in just over 12 hours.
Some players did not make the 8 a.m. start and had to face the mandatory "up-down" drills before starting the regular work.
Offensive line/running backs coach Chris Owens leaned against the blocking sled looking at his wristwatch as players arrived to the high school practice field, still covered with morning dew. The morning practice came early for some with the football practice the previous day ending at 8 p.m.
DIFFERENT STROKES for different folks, receivers coach D.J. Mann stepped on the field with a song on his lips, full of energy. Mann told his receivers, "You can't let the first guy bring you down."
A player looked over at a coach and remarked, "It's already 100 degrees!"
TRACKING IT DOWN - Wide receivers used track hurdles in a drill which taught them to dip and move around defenders, but stay on their route. Mann yelled to the group, "Don't round it off. Be sharp, high and tight. Don't drop my rock."
Offensive coordinator Jeff Riordan told the WRs, "Today's drill is all about YAC, yards after catch. Anticipate the plan of action."
FOREVER YOUNG- Defensive coordinator Matt Young had his groups going over a variety of coverages they will use not only during the scrimmage against Terrell, but for the year. Young said, "That's the way to play." Later he recognized the defensive front saying "Way to go big guys! Good job up front!"
Coach Triston Abron told his secondary members "if they want to throw short passes in front of us. we will let them. We don't want people to go deep or down the sidelines. They want to go short, we will take it."
Coach Kurt McCain, also a defensive coach said, "Let's go... stop wasting time. Be physical, you can put your hands on him." Senior defensive back Sharard Timmons stepped up to pick off a pass during the drill, McCain praised him saying, "Good play Sharard."
SCHEDULE - The Wildcats will return to the heat, practicing at 5 p.m. Wednesday and then switching back to 8 a.m. for Thursday. Coaches are currently in meetings held each year at the start of the season. School begins Monday.
SCRIMMAGE TIME- The last rehearsal for the real football season will be held under the Friday Night Lights. The JV and ninth grade will scrimmage Terrell starting at 5 p.m. while the varsity will scrimmage against Terrell beginning at 7 p.m. Friday.
All the action will be held at Gerald Prim Stadium. The same location will be primed for action for the regular season opener Aug. 27 against No. 6-state ranked Denton Ryan.
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