An unusual, week five of The Edge conditioning program got off to a good start Monday, July 8, according to Wildcats Football Offensive Coordinator Matt Young.
After 4th of July week, Monday’s attendance at The Edge continued right where it has been with 60 showing up. Coach Young said only two or three players did not show up out of the top 25 varsity football players. He said that was one of their best attendance days since the first week in June.
The Edge will now have a two day hiatus Tuesday and Wednesday. Coach Young said the UIL mandated the days off so that coaches may attend meetings of the Texas Girls Coaches Association. On those dead days, athletic facilities will be closed.
The Edge will resume Thursday with the second and last day this week. The Edge concludes with a full four-day week, Monday through Thursday, next week.
Coach Young said he wasn’t concerned with Edge athletes missing a couple of days and he added he hopes they have fun. He said he is more concerned with a three-week layoff for varsity and JV football players between the end of The Edge and the start of football practice.
Coach Young is encouraging players to plan to lift weights together and go running together during the break. He said he can see the progress athletes who have attended The Edge from the beginning are making.
Coach Young said the group really handled gasser drills well Monday. He said athletes are looking good and feeling good and he said he is seeing more guys taking shirts off or wearing sleeveless shirts.
Coach Young said the Wildcats will have a lot of juniors on the roster this season and he said athletes undergo a lot of body changes between their sophomore and junior years. He said those attending The Edge are building confidence and self-esteem as well as their physical ability.