Springfield, FL---The Rutherford Rams are busy working towards the start of the 2013 football season.
Like most teams in the region, the Rutherford Rams taking advantage of the fact there's no school right now, so practicing in the morning hours. Some time spent inside, much of it outside on the field.
Coach Alvin Dempsey going into his second season as the Rams head coach, working with about 80-90 players, he thinks he'll have about 50 on the varsity level. And after the first few days of practice, coach Dempsey says he likes what he sees!
"The attitude of the team, they've really taken on our philosophy. Fly around, have fun, take it one game at a time, these guys are excited. We have a new atmosphere here at Rutherford. They're excited about being here, they've bought into the program, about what we're trying to do. For successful reasons, they've bought into the program, they want to be winners and they have been fighting hard for that."
As for priorities in these early practices, well Dempsey has those all laid out.
"Well our priorities for the first several days is establishing positions right now. Coming out of the summer, going in, right now everybody gets a chance. There's no sewn up positions here. Everybody gets a chance. We're deep enough to be competitive to find out who the best player for that position. So that's our main priority, getting the guys in the right place."
The Rams will play a jamboree against Mosley and Florida High on the 23rd, then open the regular season at Niceville!