It’s about time to start checking the light bulbs in those Friday night lights.
The Glen Rose Tigers took the field for the first day of preseason workouts at 7 p.m. on Monday.
“They’re excited,” said head coach Tommy Dunn. “These guys love football, and the things that go with it. There is a good team atmosphere. They’re playing with the guys they grew up with and they all have a common goal — to get better.”
Glen Rose is looking to improve on its 2008 effort which was good enough for a second place finish in 7-3A and a playoff spot.
Dunn and the Tigers are one of 176 teams who went home without a coveted state championship title last season, but are one of 178 teams with it still on their minds this year.
“You can’t help but think about (last season),” said Dunn. “We were all disappointed that it ended the way it did, and we definitely don’t want to go through that again.”
Glen Rose hit the field with several question marks after graduating most of the offensive line and all three starting linebackers, as well as the 7-3A Offensive MVP under center.
“On paper, yeah I guess you could say we have holes to fill, but we have the luxury of being competitive at all of those spots,” said Dunn. “We have good people to fill in nicely at those spots.”
On day one, the Tigers opened the workouts with the emphasis on special teams.
“We are going to focus a lot on special teams. Our basic structure is to start and end with special teams and mix it in, also,” said Dunn.
As is the case with every team that reports on the first day, there were bright spots and downsides for Dunn and the coaching staff to address.
“I liked the way we moved around,” said Dunn. “They were enthusiastic and, for the most part, they remembered their assignments so we don’t have to reteach that. However, we do have a few conditioning issues. It won’t take long to get those guys who weren’t in the weight room over the summer back into shape.”
Glen Rose had 105 players report to camp looking to fill three teams, and a varsity roster of 35-40.
The Tigers will work out in for the rest of the week in preparation for their Aug. 15 scrimmage against the Tigers from Hico at 10 a.m. in Hico.