Zeke's day no ordinary day at TRM
Published 2:09 pm Wednesday, August 10, 2005
By By BRUCE HIXON-Sports Editor
The list of items Andrew "Zeke" Johnson does each day as the T.R. Miller Tigers football manager is more than just a schedule.
It is a science.
T.R. Miller coach Jamie Riggs said one of Johnson's first requests each day during the season is to obtain a copy of that day's practice schedule.
Riggs said Johnson's biggest value may be all the little things he does on the side.
On T.R. Miller practice days, a typical Zeke day begins at about 10:30 a.m.
Johnson said it will usually take him about a half hour after the conclusion of practice to load the equipment back on the Gator truck and get everything back to the field house.
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see if anybody needs anything, but usually having the schedule of our practice usually tells him where we're going to be at a certain time and what he needs to do," Riggs said.
On a home game day, Riggs said Johnson's day at the school will begin at about 9:30 to 10 a.m.
In addition to team equipment, Johnson said he also helps out with some of the field preparation.
Johnson sometimes acts as a spokesman during game day.
The end of a home game day ends with Johnson bringing the equipment back to the field house and assisting Whigham with some of the laundry work.
Road game days follow a similar pattern.
Making sure the players travel bags are ready is another item Johnson does on road game days.
Over the years Johnson has had several helpers on his T.R. Miller managerial staff. Johnson said he has to pass along some instruction to them from time to time.
Riggs said Johnson, who has a room named after him inside the T.R. Miller Field House, has long since made his mark in the program.