Chuck Howard moves from defensive coordinator to head coach and you can already tell the difference in terms of tempo after just a couple days of practice.
"The pace of practice has picked up a lot. We're running kind of a hurry-up offense, and we're adjusting to it right now. I think today went pretty well, but I think after this week we'll get it down pretty well," said senior quarterback Chris Keesee.
"I think everybody is pretty excited. Obviously, we miss coach Shipley, we loved him, but I think everybody's happy to have coach Howard. We're just going to keep rolling with him, and I think it's going to be a lot faster than it used to be," said senior running back Braxton Kilgo.
Six starters on each side of the ball return this season for the Lions. That includes senior quarterback and Player to Watch Chris Keesee, who's poised for another big season.
"I'm more confident, and I know these guys. So, talking with them isn't very hard, and it's easy to communicate with everyone. It makes it easier for me to learn because I feel comfortable around all of these people," said Keesee.
"Chris has another year under his belt, and I was really pleased with the way he performed in seven-on-seven. His arm strength has improved tremendously. HIs confidence has improved," said head coach Chuck Howard.
A more experienced group of wide recievers and running back Braxton Kilgo returning will also help out Keesee and the offense.
"Honestly I had to step up last year, and I've been doing a lot of camps this year and working to get faster. and try to step up. I think me and Chris together, it's going to be fun. We know each other, and we fee like we have a good chemistry to work together back there, and talk about what we don't know," said Kilgo.
The Lions are picked to win what Dave Campbell's calls one of the toughest district in Class 3A, and they'll need a strong fall camp to make that happen.