Wildcats Football Coach Greg Owens couldn’t be more pleased with player turnout during additional skills, strength and conditioning work Thursday that’s been taking place for the past two weeks at the Multipurpose Building. Coach Owens says attendance has been at about 98%. He says their was only one senior missing and perhaps two juniors on Wednesday. Coach Owens says they are not only showing up but they are arriving with phenomenal attitudes. He says it’s as good as he’s ever seen it. He says the weather also cooperated this week as it was not as hot as usual. Coach Owens says he and his staff are treating the sessions just like two-a-days of past falls but without helmets. He says players are getting half an hour of weight work during the two hour sessions. There is also stretching and agility drills and lots of individual, group and team football work. Coach Owens repeats that he believes the Wildcats may be ahead of where they usually are at this point due to all the summer skill work and reps. He says lots of drills are videotaped and coaches have lots of time to stop and teach. This has helped make up for the loss of spring football due to the pandemic. Coach Owens says players are getting in shape. Thursday’s session including some spirited plays with the offense pitted against the defense. There was also time for special teams’ work. Older players worked on punts and younger players focused on kickoffs. There was also a familiar site for all former Wildcats’ players. Those who have yet to pass were seen running gassers from sideline to sideline over and over, right after the other work. These sessions will continue Monday through Thursday until school starts on September 1. Then players will be available during their athletic period and after school. The Wildcats first official practice with helmets will take place on Labor Day, Monday, September 7.
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