|06/05/18 - |
The Ada High football team wrapped up spring football workouts this week, and head coach Chris Berus said he saw improvement every step of the way through the five practice sessions.
“We’ve progressed every day of the five days. We’re a lot better today than we were yesterday, and we’re a lot, lot better than we were on Day 1,” Berus said. “I’m very pleased that our kids learned a lot of football during these five days.”
During the last 15 minutes of the final workout Thursday afternoon at Norris Field, the Cougars ran a “two-minute” offense with several running backs rotating in and out and quarterbacks Jake Shannon and Zac Carroll taking most of the snaps.
That stretch included several nice first-down plays and a number of good defensive stops.
Berus said he’ll have to watch film from the spring drills to get a fair evaluation of the X’s and O’s of the workouts, but he has liked what he’s seen from his first look at the 2018 Cougars so far.
“As far as our want-to and our excitement about being here together, that’s exactly where it needs to be,” he said.
“We’ve done a great job of implementing schemes as a coaching staff, as far as teaching the kids the bare bones of what we’re going to do offensively and defensively. We also got to teach some technique from a special teams standpoint as far as our coverage and protection,” Berus explained.
“As we watch the video from this camp, we’ll know where we’re at explicitly. We’ll know if we need to move some guys into another position because their skill set is a good fit for that position or just keep doing what we’re doing.”
Each player who participated in spring practices received a one-on-one evaluation from one of the members of the Cougar coaching staff before being released until summer workouts begin June 11. Those sessions will run Monday through Thursday through Aug. 2.
“From a coaching standpoint, we’re going to do a good job of preparing them physically to be ready for Aug. 6. There’s a lot of things when it comes to the skill of the game in their position they’re going to have to put some effort into on their own. They’re going to have to take the coaching they received from camp and apply it,” Berus said.
“Once they take their evaluations into the summer, they know what they need to work on to bridge the gap from where they’re at to where they want to be,” he said. “We’re going to have a great summer of training our kids. Our kids love the weight room. Our kids love to work. Our kids love to improve. They want to get bigger, faster and stronger.”
One thing Berus will keep an eye on throughout the summer is how the Cougars’ leadership qualities improve.
“What I’m really looking for is the leadership development amongst our team, where they’re going to coach other, where they can correct each other and encourage each other and keep each other accountable. Those are special teams that do that,” he said.
“I’m very pleased with the foundation that’s been laid and really looking forward to the next phase, summertime, to grow this product that we have,” Berus continued. “ We’re in the process of building more than a good offense, a good defense and a good special teams unit. We’re developing these young men into being great leaders for themselves, for this organization, and hopefully in the community for now and in the future.”
Once summer workouts begin, Ada players entering grades 10-12 will meet Monday through Thursday from 6:30-8:30 a.m., with junior high players (grades 7-9) meeting from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Fall practices officially begin Aug. 6.