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Cougars Have Big Shoes to Fill This Spring

The Cooper Cougars have plenty of big shoes to fill during spring practice, but the expectations remain high for those that will step in to some new roles.
The Cooper Cougars have plenty of big shoes to fill during spring practice, but the expectations remain high for those that will step in to some new roles.

"I mean there's a few returners , got a new quarterback, we lost our offensive coordinator, but I feel like overall we're going to be solid," said Josh Hale.

One of the biggest names the Coogs have to replace for 2014 is quarterback Lorenzo Joe. The future Texas Longhorn was responsible for a large chunk of Cooper's offense in 2013.

"There's a lot of big shoes to fill. There were big shoes to fill when Clayton Nicholas left. Then Lorenzo [Joe] stepped up and filled those shoes fine, and we have no doubt that whomever fills that role will do it the exact same way. Next year we may be talking about someone having to fill those shoes. That's just high school football," said head coach Todd Moboes.

Replacing that production will be a challenge, but despite there being an open competition for the starting quarterback spot, it appears David Ruot is poised to take over at the helm.

"They're big shoes to fill, but we're out here working hard every day. We have been since he left us last year. We're prepared for it, and we're keeping prepared for it," said David Ruot.

Despite the loss of some key players at some key positions, the expectations for a program that's made seven straight playoff appearances remains high this spring.

"The expectations are not going to change. We do expect the best from each and every one of our players. We do expect to go in to the playoffs," said Hale.

While the expectations are still high, the Cougars are still focused on getting better every day during the spring.

"Right now we're just focused on us. That's all we can focus on is day two of spring ball. We've got to correct a lot of mistakes that we made yesterday. Hopefully be able to build on that day-to-day. Then get into two-a-days in August. Then go to game one, and take it game by game," said Moebes.

Cooper will also look to build depth at each position this spring.

"I think every level of football has that kind of issue.  It's something you've always got to work on, and we've got to do the exact same thing. We're looking a lot of guys who are sophomores, and are looking to make the step from freshman football to playing on Friday nights. It's something that we've had to do every single year that I've been here," said Moebes.

"By that we're just coming out here, senior leadership, encouraging those guys to work hard every single day. Just like we are," said Ruot.

Cooper will wrap up spring practice with their annual spring game May 22nd at Shotwell Stadium.
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