Smith-Cotton football head coach Ryan Boyer believes if his players take time off, they get behind.
Football offseason workouts began at the end of January and go on until the end of July. The players are able to work on their speed, agility and strength to make sure they are prepared for what they will be doing during the football season.
“We want intensity high, whether it’s in the weight room or on the field,” Boyer said.
During the offseason, the players don’t have to deal with high temperatures or the weight of the equipment like they do in late summer workouts, but they do have to work with a higher mental preparation: motivation. Not only are the players able to improve their physical and mental conditioning at this time, but they are also able to become closer with their teammates.
Junior Trintuun Quinn plays on the offensive and defensive lines. Quinn has been participating in the off-season workouts for the past two years, and believes they help him improve. Believing he needs to push himself on and off the field, Quinn said, “I push it equally because I know there’s a reason for pushing it, to be the greatest.”
Jacob Brown also is a junior lineman and tries to push himself even harder off-season.
“Off-season, you’re always focused on the next year and getting better,” said Brown, who has been going to offseason workouts the past two years.
The Tigers went undefeated during the 2015 regular season, posting a 9-0 record and winning the West Central Conference championship before losing in district play. The team lost a large number of seniors after the 2015 season, but Boyer is still positive about the future.
“Great teams don’t rebuild, they reload,” he said. Over the next few months, his players will continue to prepare themselves for the 2016 season.
“Championships are won in the offseason,” Boyer said.
Sarah Skrzypczak is a student at Smith-Cotton High School.