Made a couple of stops this afternoon and saw Ragsdale over in Jamestown and the Grimsley Whirlies over off of Westover Terrace….
Will try and make a few more stops along the way on Tuesday.
Ragsdale started at 5:30 and was working on past 7:30pm and the Tigers have a lot of kids out for football, it looked like maybe a 120 or more on the fields, up above the Kenneth T. Miller Stadium….
Lots of things going on at this practice and Coach Tommy Norwood has a veteran coaching staff and these men are running their workouts like a well-oiled machine. Keep your helmets on while you are working and run from one drill to another…..
Ragsdale had the Varsity and JV’s split up for most of the activities and it was linemen, LB/DB’s, QB/WR’s/RB’s all going through their paces….Ragsdale will be ready to defend their conference title and by the looks of their practices, it is all business….Again it was drill after drill, do it again and run on and off the field…..
You had linemen working on their splits and learning how to get down the line in pursuit and you had DB’s and LB’s taking an angle as they took on the fullback, coming in off the tight end’s hip…..You also had LB’s and DB’s working on pass coverage and also picking up the RB as he made his cuts up the field…..
There is only so much you can do without the pads on, but Ragsdale was finding ways to cover just about every phase of the game, on Day One in Jamestown….The Tigers were even working on punt coverage and punt return formations, with return men working on gettng up the field….
This was the perfect day for the first official day of practice, with the great temperatures and Ragsdale was making the most of this rare cool afternoon, with work details in full force and assignments being carried out, as if this was the day before the first game of the year….
Grimsley was at work and they got going at around 4pm and they were still going strong at around 6:30, when I left them to finish the opening day of football practice….
The Whirlies had a very good turnout of 9th graders, with right at 30 freshmen working out on the far end of the practice field…..Pretty much all conditioning early on, for the freshmen….The varsity side had about 45 Whirlies working with Coach Damon Coiro, Coach Mitchell, Coach Pat and the other Grimsley leaders….
Grimsley was doing many of the same type things that Ragsdale was doing, but when I got there, Grimsley was starting to work heavily on their offense and the defense…..Grimsley is learning new things like the players on the sidelines sending in plays, to the QB in charge on the field….The players on the sidlines will get the call from a coach and then relay the play to the quarterback, much like you see in a college game or an NFL game on TV….
The Whirlies have a couple of big linemen, but overall they look to be leaner and quicker than they were in 2009….The same system is in place at Grimsley that you see at Ragsdale, run everywhere you go and keep your helmet on until you are told that you can take it off….
Grimsley is working hard to get their new and young players acclimated to Coach Coiro’s way of doing things and they are finding that their coaches have the energy and enthusiasm, that can quickly spread to the kids, if they start to see results and it appears that those that have been working hard over the summer, are starting to see those results….
Grimsley has a long way to go and as we have stated before, it won’t happen over night, but if the kids will stay the course, they will see results and they can be a part of turning this program back around…..
In a contrast from what we saw back in the old days, neither coach was trying to kill their players today, but they were trying to teach them the right way to do things and to make sure they had the football players attention at all times…..
Good practices/workouts on Day One for Ragsdale and Grimsley……