Arnold football gets back into practice
Arnold head football Coach Norris Vaughan and his staff got into a third day of work this week with their football players Thursday.
About 35 to 40 Arnold players are back on campus this week, starting Monday with physicals and paperwork.
As a part of phase one of Bay County's strict workout protocols, the players were getting in some agility and conditioning drills. Things will ease up a bit starting Friday as they move into phase two.
Coach Vaughan is thrilled to be back working with his kids, he's impressed with the shape they're in, and he's already looking ahead.
"Most of them have come back in pretty good shape." coach Vaughan told us. "And a lot of them are stronger than when they left so I'm excited about that. So we feel good about our team. We've got a lot of guys back in the line we feel good about the secondary and skill positions. We need a little depth that running back and linebacker but we feel pretty good otherwise."
As for moving from phase one to phase two Friday, well the coach is looking forward to that.
"We can lift weights a little heavier, we can use spotters on the side." Vaughan said. "Still can't use spotters from behind. The big things is we'll be able to go out live with up to 50 kids in a group. Still going to have to stay six feet apart. We'll be able to throw the ball, still can't hand it off and things like that. We'll be able to do a lot of pursuit drills, agility drills and alignment stuff, assignment drills, things like that. It still won't be regular football. We've just got to be careful, for the players and coaches and everybody involved."
No matter what phase they are in, the players are just happy to be back on campus, and back together.
"A lot of us were able to work out together, to practice a little bit together over the break." Senior to be John Pael told us. "But being together, all of us as a whole unit, pretty much like missing a few players here and they because of work or because of them not having their physical, but other than that having the whole team, the whole unit here is amazing.
Another senior to be Kyle Saunders put it this way. "It's awesome, I've been waiting for this, senior year. It's that time you know. The time to get the work in. It's the last year try to get that championship. You miss your friends you say 'hey how is your life?' They got bigger you say 'hey man you got taller' and stuff like that. It's awesome seeing everybody get back together."