Published 6:33 am Wednesday, August 15, 2007
By BY BRUCE HIXON – SPORTS EDITOR
The way the T.R. Miller Tigers football team approached and handled the first week of practice pleased coach Jamie Riggs.
Riggs said his team is making progress, but not as much as it needs as it gears up for the Aug. 31 home and season opener against Clarke County.
The T.R. Miller skipper says neither offense nor defense has an upper hand on the other side of the ball after one week of practice.
Like all other Alabama High School Athletic Association football teams, T.R. Miller players went from t-shirts and shorts to full pads last Thursday.
Riggs said his team's starting lineup is taking shape.
Riggs hopes most, if not all the starting spots will be determined by the end of the week.
Riggs said the most uncertain area about his team so far is special teams.
a kickoff or punt return or kickoff or punt coverage,” said Riggs.
Riggs said the biggest individual pleasant surprise through the first week was senior tight end/linebacker Will Waters.
far. Will has pretty good
knowledge of the game and has really played well so far,” said Riggs.
Riggs was pleased with the way his program's 26 freshmen adapted to their first week of high school football practice.
that freshmen class as any we've ever had this summer mainly because there are so many of them. Most of those kids were with us all summer and some
of them are showing signs of being able to help us,” said Riggs.
Riggs indicated his staff's two new additions, defensive coordinator Chris Baxter and wide receivers coach Mikel Riggs, are adjusting to their roles.