Thursday marked the end of week number five of The Edge conditioning program. 20 workouts have been done. There is one more week of four workouts to go. Wildcats Football Offensive Coordinator Matt Young said week five started off really strong but attitudes dropped off a little bit on Thursday.
He called Thursday one of the slowest moving days he’s seen at The Edge. Coach Young blamed the heat and the fact it was day 20. He said some athletes were still working hard but he added he could see some of the younger athletes and some of the bigger guys struggling a little bit with their intensity levels. Still Coach Young said athletes were improving and making progress. Numbers were not bad Thursday as 70 attended. Coach Young said it is not unusual to be under 60 at this point in The Edge. He said he would like to see more from the sophomore class.
Coach Young had kudos for the senior class. He called them probably the best attending senior class since he’s been here. Coach Young said they had really invested in the program. He said as a rule when the senior class commits like this, the football team has a good season. Coach Young said he sensed a buzz around The Edge that this season could be something special. He said it makes him more optimistic about the coming season.
Coach Young notes that last year’s team made the playoffs. He said they lost two games right near the end. He said if the team can flip those games and pick up another win or two, the team’s season record could be very improved. Coach Young said the team had a lot of returners and he added the team is healthy.
One more week of The Edge remains. Coach Young said older players would be running drills outside next week on days when coaches were involved with football camp inside the Multipurpose Building.