The Turnaround: Lubbock Westerners’ Fall Camp, Day 3

Jason Strunk Lubbock Week 1

by Jason Strunk
Lubbock High School Head Football Coach
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Usually, the first Wednesday of camp is when you will see your team stumble a bit. A
good first two days is usually followed up with a let down of sorts on Day 3. That’s has always been my experience with it. However, we went out Wednesday and executed at a high level. More importantly, we pushed the tempo and fought through some balmy conditions. These guys will not relent. They just push the tempo and work conditioning in everything we do. I cannot be more pleased.

We installed some new motions Wednesday and threw a few more things at them. They handled it well. As a coaching staff, we continue to put them in situations that forces them to think and react. This is what I want. Football is not played in a vacuum. Things go wrong. In fact, things go wrong a lot. We want our kids to face tough situations in practice. The bottom line is games will be easier to get through than our practices. That’s the way it should be.

I cannot stress enough how well the first three practices have gone. It has been
impressive. The key here is to keep it going. That falls on my shoulders. I need to
continue to set the tone and demand the effort we are getting. If I let up, they
will let up. It’s my job to keep them moving in the right direction. I will not back
off of my expectations and demanding approach to practice.

“Respect the process” — I’m telling you, this phrase has really brought clarity to my
approach. It’s has helped me set the tone for our workouts.

Westerners, keep it going. You are impressing me every step of the way.

Quick blog tonight. I’m working on a lot of things. Just wanted to jot down how much
this team has impressed me out of the gate.

Until tomorrow…FIO

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