Q. How would you characterize this year’s team?
A. We are a hardworking team hungry for success. We’ve taken our punches as a young team, and we’re now ready to play like a veteran team.
Q. What will be the keys to your success?
A. Staying healthy and playing as a team.
Q. Who will be your key leaders on the team?
A. Coleby Casteel (RB/DB), Austin Crowley (OL/DL), Garrett Tumblin (WR/DB), and Logan Willette (RB/LB).
Q. What are your biggest reasons for optimism?
A. Lots of these players have had lots of varsity playing time.
Q. What will keep you up at night?
Q. What can you build on from last year?
A. Young players getting quality playing time.
Q. Any lessons learned from last year?
A. We have to learn how to overcome adversity.
Q. Will we see anything different this year?
A. We will have a new offensive coordinator (Shane Cauthorn). He will bring a lot of energy to the football staff. We also have a new DB coach in Todd Cassell.
Q. How would you characterize your team’s speed?
A. This team will have plenty of speed and almost every position will have a player who has had quality playing time from the previous season.
This team’s opportunity for success depends on what kind of mindset they have. Beginning with this summer, we have to learn to be dependable, accountable, and competitors. Throughout the season, we have to trust the system that the coaches are putting in place. We will plan and prepare for success one week at a time and really focus on ourselves. Last but not least, we have to stay HEALTHY.
Photos by Nathalie DuPré