The Turnaround – Week 1 of Spring Ball

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by Jason Strunk
Lubbock High School Head Football Coach
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Lubbock High School football helmetThe first week of spring ball is in the books!

It’s been a lot of fun. The nice thing is there is no tempo. We are evaluating and putting kids in positions to see what they can do. We are coaching and making sure we are getting the staples perfected. Our focus is rep, rep and more reps. However, we aren’t repping to just to rep. I want 20 GOOD reps as opposed to 100 reps that aren’t good.

I’m one of the guys that got caught up in the “tempo” buzz. Never again. Most overrated term in football today. I’m never going to allow that to happen again. We are going to play smart, efficient football. Move at the pace that dictates success for us, that is the focus.

So far, it’s been good. It will get better as we move forward. We have some great kids on this team.

Shaping up to be a fun year!

Here is why we are doing spring ball. It isn’t groundbreaking info here. It’s just why we do it.

5. It’s a nice way to wrap up the year. It breaks of weight training and gives us a shot of energy before we hit summer training.

4. We have 17 starters returning, 10 of which were Sophomores last year. Getting these guys 18 more practices before we start in August was critical to me.

3. We wanted to look at different kids in different spots. We are experimenting with a lot of different things. We are going to be playing some smash mouth football, the kind of football Chuck Bednarik would be proud of.

2. I wanted to do spring ball. Can you argue with that reason?

1. Installing a new offense and defense. We have a major overhaul underway. We needed as many practices as we could get. It’s exciting. We will look like a completely different offense and defense next year.

That’s it. It’s why we are doing it.

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