Jacksonville practices have been going well as the Red Devils get ready for their season-opener against the Cabot Panthers.
The Red Devils have made some changes to the offense thanks to new offensive coordinator Adam Thrash. Thrash won a state championship as the quarterback for Pulaski Academy in 2003 and went on to the University of Alabama.
“One of the big things the guys are getting used to is the new terminology,” said Jacksonville coach Rick Russell. “Coach Thrash is very knowledgeable and knows what it takes to win. He’s learned from some of the best how to read defenses and make pre-snap changes and that’s something we’re going to do this year. We’ll be able to see what the defense is giving us and adjust at the line.”
Thrash has been with the Red Devils since the start of the year, working with the team through spring practices and the seven-on-seven season.
Jacksonville has avoided any major injuries during summer practices, with just the usual tweaked ankles and knees here and there. Like most teams this week, the Devils are having to get used to a full day of school followed by a full practice.
“We started going a little lighter these past two days with the temperatures getting hotter again and the kids back in school,” said Russell. “We know how to hit and we know how to tackle, so that’s not a big deal. What we need to work on is execution and we’re getting a lot of that in this week.”
Jacksonville finished Tuesday’s practice with kicker John Herrman nailing field goals from over 40 yards.
“Our special teams guys are looking good,” Russell said. “We’re putting some of our better athletes out there to make plays now, and our kicking game could be a strength.”
Jacksonville plays their annual Red-White scrimmage game this Saturday evening. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.