When Myron Terry took over as head coach at New Manchester last spring, he didn’t have the chance to do spring drills.
It was determined by the previous head coach to opt out of spring drills and play two scrimmages at the start of the season.
This spring, the Jaguars have taken advantage of the 10-day spring practice sessions, to try improve on last season’s finish.
New Manchester finished 1-9 in Terry’s first year as coach. He has revamped the coaching staff and says there has been a lot of excitement surrounding the program.
“It has been going real good for us,” Terry said. “The kids are excited and willing to learn. The coaching staff is excited. It has been a big difference between night and day for us having a spring practice.”
The Jaguars will conclude spring drills tonight when they travel to Austell to take on South Cobb in a scrimmage game.
Terry said he and his staff will use the game to evaluate the players heading into summer workouts.
“It’s an opportunity to play a team and see where we are at,” Terry said. “We didn’t do spring last season so we went in a little blind. Our main goal is to go over there and see who wants to be physical. We want to be consistent with our offense and we want to see the defense be tough. We are going to keep it simple, but we want to be aggressive.”
On offense, quarterbacks Jahrell Polk and Destin White return to help booster an offense that averaged 112 yards through the air and 93 on the ground. Both are again competing for playing time.
Polk played in seven games and passé for 578 yards and White saw action in nine games while throwing for 564 yards. They combined for 11 touchdowns while throwing a combined 12 interceptions.
Steve Robinson will be the pass game coordinator while Ben Ford will have the run game coordination. Ford has moved over to coach offensive line while last year’s line coach Jud Jones has switched to coaching running backs.
Jerry Flippin has moved up from JV coach to work with the wide receivers, a position he played at Western Kentucky.
Terry said he will be more involved with the offense this season. Before being named head coach, he served as defensive coordinator after building a successful program at Factory Shoals Middle.
“Our whole thing this spring has been tempo,” Terry said. “We wanted the guys to get as many reps as possible. We got some speed on this this team. We are definitely excited about everything.”
Terry said a good number of middle school players have attended the spring drills, which is encouraging for the future.
“These kids that we have out here have bought into the program,” Terry said. “We went 1-9 last year but we were four or five plays away from changing the trajectory of the game. We said either the players are here or not. We are going with what we have.”