Tullis pleased with Eagles' work ethic

By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Aug. 14, 2007 - COMO - After the first three days of full pad workouts, Como-Pickton first-year coach Paul Tullis has been impressed with the team during two-a-day workouts.

"The kids are doing a really good job. They have looked real crisp and have been sharp and focused," the coach said. "The kids have not busted plays to where we have had to do them two or three times. One of the things I tried to preach to the kids was if we go out here and do them right the first time we would be finished with it."

With 33 players out for practices, the Eagles have concentrated more on individual drills during the first session with some team drills mixed in during workouts.

During Tuesday's individual drills, the Eagles stayed out of their full pads but did have the shoulder pads and helmets on in hopes of getting used to working out in their gear.

"They have been hustling really good and the heat has not been too bad, and they have looked better when it has gotten hot," Tullis said. "They have been sluggish when they first come to practice and we have been getting a lot of good work done.

"I have been really impressed with this group. Everything we went over last spring they have remembered and it has been a quick review. We have been able to move on with our offense and defense."

With the temperatures starting to rise around the county, the Eagles coaching staff is giving the players more breaks during practices so they do not get injured or dehydrated throughout their workout sessions.

"That is the main thing that you have to do right now is keep the kids hydrated and give them lots of breaks," Tullis explained. "Whenever you are out there working, the kids sweat and they sweat more than they know they do, so we send them to get drinks every five-to-10 minutes and during the main break we have Gatorade for them. We tell them when they go home to drink a lot and make sure that they get the tanks filled up for the next day."

Notes: Tullis said with their first scrimmage action this Saturday against the Cumby Trojans, the team has worked hard during this first two days of practices and will have a two-a-day practice tomorrow. ... The team will then have one practice on Thursday after Media Day and one on Friday to give the players time to relax before Saturday's action. The scrimmage is set for 10 a.m. at Trojan Field with a JV and varsity participating. ... Team and individual pictures will be taken at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Ron Heflin Field.

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