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Tigers Football Program Conditioning During Summer Drills

9/30/14

CLARKSDALE – You could hear the sounds of Offensive Coordinator Cedric Shell’s voice bounce off the field house walls, “Keep ‘em up. Keep ‘em up,” as he put his offensive backfield through running drills. Although still summer, fall is in the air as football returns to Coahoma Community College.

But this is an unusual practice.

“I am told,” said first-year Head Coach Karl Morgan, “that this is the first year in nearly forty Coahoma has had its football players report before the start of August practice.”

Forty-eight football players enrolled for the second summer term, a requisite if players are to begin conditioning drills before the start of practice with pads in August. In the past, Coahoma players reported to the school on the first day allowed by the Community College Athletic Association to begin full-tilt practice.

“Among the many things I considered during my first days at CCC was the football program and how competitive it was with the rest of the conference (MACJC),” said CCC President Dr. Valmadge Towner who just finished his first full year on campus. “Those colleges which do well, typically have their players enroll during the summer to get ahead of the curve academically and to better condition them before the official start of the season. If we are to be respectable in competition, we had to make changes to reach a higher level.”

So far, Morgan says he is very satisfied with the new direction the Coahoma football program is heading.

“The administration could not be more cooperative. The President, the student affairs office, the dormitory managers, the cafeteria have all opened their doors and bought into the program. I believe we are going to see the results of their commitment on the football field.”

Morgan also praised his players for enrolling for the summer term.

“Forty-eight reporting players showed the coaching staff they have a commitment to our program. Besides attending class, they are going through conditioning drills in the morning and again in the afternoon. They’ll see the results of getting into shape early when they put on pads in early August, and the coaching staff will see the results on August 28 when we suit up for our first game.”

Athletes coming in early, Morgan explained, gives the coaches a chance to see the talent they have and place them in a position for the first full day of workouts.

“Hopefully, coming in early will also help the team come together as a unit before we take the field for our first game,” he added.

The Tigers open the season on the road against Pearl River in Hattiesburg, MS.

 

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations - John Mayo; (662) 621-4157 - jmayo@coahomacc.edu

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