Blue Devils take to gridiron

Published 8:48 am Wednesday, May 11, 2005

By By Tim Cottrell
After only a week on the job, new Escambia County Head Football Coach Kyle Davis was able to begin spring practice Monday with the Blue Devils.
The team came out in full pads for their first day of work, and worked mostly on technique during the session of slightly over two hours.
"I think as a whole we had a good day," Davis said. "If the kids are going to work they can be taught some things. You can't teach talent, but you can teach hard work."
Davis said that while he saw a lot of promise in the team, there were several areas that needed work.
"We were a little timid," Davis said. "But you expect that on the first day. It's there first time and my first time on a football field since November. We need to get better at tackling, so we're going to spend some time on fundamentals.
Davis said the players took to his coaching techniques.
"They took coaching well, though," he said. "They were all eager to listen and to learn. It may have taken two or three times telling someone the way you wanted something done, but once they got it they did it at full speed."
In closing, Davis felt the team would have to step up their intensity if they want to be contenders.
"Our intensity was a little low," Davis said. "It was our first day out there, though. That was partly our (the coaches) fault, but that's going to be better over the next few practices."
The Blue Devils will practice through next Friday.

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