LINCOLN— Speed will be the name of the game for Lincoln this season.
The Cardinals come into the 2015 season hoping their speed can made up for their lack of size.
“I think we’ll definitely use it to our advantage, that’s for sure,” said running back and linebacker Heath Renno. “We’ve got a good line and we’re starting to focus on where we lack in size and strength we make up for it in skill and speed.”
Renno missed most of last season with an injury, but hopes to stay healthy so he can lead the Cardinals’ running attack this season.
“After having shoulder surgery and cracking my neck last year, I’m definitely hoping that this season will go a lot better,” he said. “I feel like this one of the best I’ve felt in a long time, if not the best.”
He’ll also play middle linebacker for Lincoln.
“We’re working on form tackling and we’re really good at wrapping up,” Renno said. “We’re focusing on getting low and making good, form tackles and that’s helping us a lot.”
Most of the Lincoln starters will play both ways, so conditioning will be key this season.
“That’s kind of our goal of two-a-days is whipping our guys into shape,” said coach Danny Morrison. “They’re going to be on the field a lot.”
Along with the running game, Lincoln hopes to have a solid passing game to keep the offense balanced.
Boone Kroenke returns at quarterback, and will have Mason Sanders and Blake Roberts as his top targets.
On defense, the linebacking group will have experience with Renno, Tyler Kroenke, Connor Spunaugle and Derek Stephens.
“I think we have a really strong linebacking corps this year” Tyler Kroenke said. “We’re really athletic this year and we’re really going to improve on defense this year.”
Jason Strickland can be reached at 660-530-0147 or on Twitter @J_Strick_Sports.