NOTE: This is the final blog in the spring football series.
Denison held its annual spring scrimmage on Friday. How do you think it went?
Overall, it was good. It went smooth. We worked the number ones against the number twos and we did a lot of work with the offensive and defensive lines.
What do you use the spring scrimmage for as a coach?
It went as we expected. We will use it for evaluation over the summer; we got a lot of video on the guys. We’ll know where to start in August by the time it gets here.
So, is the scrimmage the most important part of the spring training?
No, we had 17 good practices; and we taught them a lot in a short period of time. What they learned during those practices is what will help us the most.
Were there any ‘stand outs’ during the spring scrimmage? Anyone you want to single out?
No, there really wasn’t any one person; everyone is working hard.
What are you looking forward to the most?
Spring practice gives us a chance to see where we are at. I’m looking forward to August 13 (first day of football practice), our scrimmage against Wichita Falls Rider (Aug. 24) and the first game (Aug. 31); the season. I’m looking forward to it all!
Just from glancing at the new district and the Yellow Jackets’ schedule, how do you think this season will go?
I don’t know; it’s a good district. All the games are going to be tough. And we have the Battle of the Axe, too. The best part maybe that we have two home games to start the season.
NOTE: Denison is in the new District 13-4A with Sherman, McKinney North, Lucas Lovejoy, Wylie, Wylie East, Royse City and Greenville.
Who is your starting quarterback?
Going into fall practice, it’s Clifton Hines.
What are you most pleased with during spring practice?
That the guys have taken to our system and they are eager to learn. They have worked extremely hard this past month.
Give a short summary of each unit as you see it now after spring practice.
We have a young offensive line; they are getting better as they learn the way we want it to be done. Our defensive line is athletic and very strong. We are solid at linebacker and secondary is all returning from last season.
Our receivers are fast and athletic; and our running backs are solid. I believe Jaleel Dade is a breakaway threat. We’ve got to find a way to get him the ball and get him the ball as soon as possible.