89 Tigers open workouts to prepare for 2013

Jeff Miller welcomed 89 players as he oversaw his eighth two- a- days that got underway bright- and- early Monday morning with cool breezes taking the edge off the stifling heat.

This year’s version of summer workouts are more important than usual as the Tigers break in a new quarterback with a new offensive scheme while also introducing a new defensive coordinator.

Miller liked what he saw.

“ We showed up in better shape than we ever had before,” he said. “Most of our varsity players made the summer workouts and obviously those who didn’t are paying for it now.

“It certainly makes a difference when they come in in shape”

Aside from their physical well being, Miller liked the attitude as well.

“The intensity level was great. They feel like some good things are going to happen and we believe that. The attitude was tremendous. They are committed to success.”

The number of players who showed up was up from last season, from 81 to 89.

Included in the number were two move- ins and two move backs.

Junior Tyler Prazac moved over from Milano, while junior Brent Drummond comes in from Belton.

Two players who have spent previous time in the RISD and have returned are junior Jakob Moreland and senior Sinderick Miller.

Moreland was at Lexington, while Miller lived in Las Vegas, Nevada with his uncle, former Tiger great Virgil Clark.

Drummond and Miller are utility players, while Prazac was a lineman/linebacker and Moreland a tight end/linebacker.

New defensive coordinator Mike Dunn was absent from practice after traveling to Memphis, Tennessee to be with his family after learning his young niece has a brain tumor and faces an operation.

Beginning with Tuesday’s workout, practice will be held from 7 to 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 until 2 p.m.

Because of UIL guidelines which prohibit two-a-days on consecutive days, practices will alternate between the two schedules throughout summer practices.

The practice of Aug. 12 will mark the Tigers’ first practice in full pads.

While the opening day of the regular season is Friday, Aug. 30, when the Tigers host Salado with a 7:30 kickoff, Rockdale has a couple of scrimmages set up before then.

The Tigers travel to Marlin on Friday, Aug. 16 at 7:45 p.m. for their first scrimmage and then at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22 they will host Robinson.

The annual “Meet the Tigers” social and cake auction will take place in Tiger Gymnasium on Monday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m.

Cross Country

Cross Country Coach Liz McQuitter will be holding a meeting for potential cross country runners on Thursday, Aug. 8 at 10 a.m. at her office in the high school gymnasium.

There will be an additional meeting on Aug. 12 at 1 p.m. for those who cannot attend the first meeting.

The signup is for any interested junior high or high school students.

Junior high

Rockdale Junior High football and volleyball players can begin picking up their equipment on Wednesday, Aug. 14 with practices to begin on Tuesday, Aug. 27.

Football equipment will be issued on Friday, Aug. 14 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. for eighth graders, while the seventh graders can receive their equipment from 10 to 11:30 p.m.

Junior high players may purchase their own football cleats, but they must be black (some white trim is acceptable). The school has a limited supply.

For those who do not go early to get equipment, coaches will hand out remaining equipment on the first day of school Monday, Aug. 26.

Practices begin Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 7 to 8:50 a.m. for seventh graders and at 2:51 to 4:40 p.m. for eighth graders.

Volleyball equipment will also be handed out on Wednesday, Aug. 14 for the eighth graders from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and the seventh graders from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Practices begin Tuesday, Aug. 27.

Seventh graders will practice from 6:45 to 8:50 a.m. and eighth graders from 3:40 to 5 p.m.

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