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for Pecos Country of West Texas
Friday, August 4, 2000
Eagles to open practice with new offense
By JON FULBRIGHT
PECOS, Aug. 4, 2000 -- Preseason practice will be a little different for
the Pecos Eagles beginning on Monday, when workouts for the 2000 season
get underway at the Pecos High School practice field.
In-service for teachers next week means the usual
two-a-day drills will be condensed down into nightly three-hour workouts
for the Eagles' varsity, junior varsity and freshmen teams next, week,
but for some players there will be a little extra work to do,
according to head coach Gary Grubbs.
"We're going to go on the field at 5 p.m. with the running
backs, quarterbacks and receivers. A 5:30 we'll work a specialty period
with kickers, punters and drop-snappers and kick return
group. Then we'll return at 6 to begin the rest of the practice," Grubbs said.
"We're running the option this year, so we need to spend a lot
of time of the mesch between our quarterbacks and running
backs pitching the ball," Grubbs said of the early workouts. For
the special teams, he said, "Since we're not going to work out
the special teams the first week, we wanted to work with the
kickers and return people now. We'll start working the special teams
when we get back into school, and we'll still have three weeks
before playing Kermit (on Sept. 1 in the season opener)."
The Eagles have made the playoffs the last two
seasons, getting the third and final berth in 1999 after sharing the District
2-4A title in 1998. But the first pre-season predictions have
Pecos finising in fourth in district, behind El Paso Mountain View,
San Elizario and Fabens, so the 2000 team will try and surpass
those lowered expectations.
"I've seen most of the kids all summer and they're excited to
go," said Grubbs, who expects to have about 35 players on the
varsity this season and around 40 on the JV.
"I don't know of any kids that won't be there," he said. "I
told them they need to be there as practice, because it's hard for
us to play people who are not practicing."
Grubbs said next week's full practice will run from 6 to 9
p.m., followed by 30 minutes in the weight room at the field house.
The Eagles lone pre-season scrimmage this year will be on Aug. 19
against the Carlsbad Cavemen.
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