School is almost out for summer, but the football team is about to take extra classes on the field. CoogTube reporter Brandon Steele found out what the team is doing for the off-season. Continue reading
After limping through spring camp with many of the projected starters out because of injury, Senior Linebacker Brandon Ogletree said the Cougar captains were busy putting together a comprehensive plan for player-run practices this summer.
“A leadership council, which is basically every position group elects one or two dudes from the group and we get together and put our minds together and try to come up with what’s best for the team.”
The workouts are technically voluntary, but the Cougs are putting maximum effort into the summer session. Coaches aren’t allowed to attend so the players in charge of practice will have to pick up the clipboard and whistle.
“You know twice a week we’re gonna have player run practices and make sure we’re working on those fundamentals. A lot of emphasis is on getting faster, getting quicker, more explosive,” Ogletree said.
“It puts a lot of pressure on us, a lot of responsibility on us seniors and us old guys, but I think it’s something that we’ll rise to that challenge in the best way we can,” said Senior Riley Nelson.
Despite multiple ten win seasons, the Cougars haven’t had a winning record for their first three games in each of the last two seasons. Senior Quarterback Riley Nelson isn’t waiting for the leaves to fall before capitalizing on the changes to the program.
“We can’t keep having the same kind of summers that we’ve been having. We can’t do things the same. I think it was Albert Einstein that said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. So we’re not gonna do that. We’re not insane around here,” said Nelson.