Marlins new ball coach assessing his roster, likes what he sees in spring

PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL (WJHG/WECP) Some area high school football teams are winding down spring workouts, and looking towards a spring game or jamboree this week.

Each team getting 20 workouts during spring, and all 20 rather important for the Arnold Marlins, who are under the guidance of a new head coach.

Norris Vaughan taking over the program, and working this spring to put his stamp on things immediately. A few assistant coaches departed, and just about everything within the program changed.

Especially how the team works on the field. More than two weeks in we asked the new coach how the players were adapting to the change from one coach to another?

"New coach, old coach, it doesn't matter." coach Vaughan told us. "They're football players. They go out, we teach, they play. I think it's fine, they've done really well. We've got a good number out, I think 55-60 kids. We just got a bunch of baseball players because they're season just ended. So it's going really well. A lot better than I anticipated. We don't have all of our coaching staff here yet. But the people we do have are working hard and it's going really well."

We asked coach Vaughan what his impressions are of his new team and the talent he's seen so far this spring?

"I think we got an outstanding quarterback, an outstanding tailback. We've got two really good backs and some others that are not bad, so we feel pretty good about that. The offensive line is coming along, defensively we look pretty good too. So we look solid, but it's hard to tell. Our issues, we don't have enough players and some will have to play both ways probably, the way it looks right now. You never know. But I've been really pleased. Surprised, to be honest."

Arnold wraps spring Friday in a jamboree with Mosley, Vernon and Tampa Catholic at Tommy Oliver Stadium. Vaughan says he's not concerned with how the team plays in those halves. What's important right now is these spring practices.

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