Almost 100 young men showed up Monday morning for the first day of summer practice for Rockdale football. Up just slightly from last season, Miller said it is about what he and his coaching staff expected.
As for those showing up being conditioned, that was another story.
“You can definately tell who came up and participaed in summer workouts and who didn’t,” Miller said. “ Those that prepared themselves did really well and those that chose to participate in other activities and not prepare paid for it.”
The extreme heat and keeping players hydrated is also a concern.
“We are working to keep the kids hydrated and preach to them to hydrate even when they aren’t with us,” Miller said.
On a high note, the head coach said skills were above where they thought they’d be.
“We threw and caught the ball a lot better on the first day than we had anticipated,” Miller said. “ That was the highlight of our first day.”
While the opening k ickof f is 23 days off, Rockdale will scrimmage two opponents before then.
The Tigers will scrimmage at Elgin on Saturday, Aug. 13 at 11 a.m. On Thursday, Aug. 18 at 5:30 p.m. they will host a scrimmage with Robinson.
The annual “Meet the Tigers” social and cake auction will take place Monday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. in Tiger Gymnasium.
PRESS DAY—According to Miller, picture day/press day for RHS football and athletic trainers has been set for Saturday, Aug. 6 beginning at 8 a.m. at Tiger Field.
Mom and sons pictures will also be taken.
TIGER TR ACK S— Sensational sophomore linebacker James David was not at practice Monday morning because of a doctor’s appointment... Senior Rakeem Wyatt, who could have been the starting tailback, chose not to play this season... Graduated lineman Sal Bishop was working out Monday morning as he prepares to play for Mary Hardin-Baylor this season.
Here’s a look at how many players have turned out for football, dating back to 2000: