Friday was the first day teams could add shoulder pads to their helmets and the Bell County Bobcats were working out in their shells that morning.
“Today was the first day we could put shoulder pads on. I scripted some plays so we could just let the offensive line hit some dummies and run the offense up and down the field. It’s just some conditioning and helps to start to get our timing down,” Bobcat head coach Wayne Mills said during a break in the session.
Before moving to the football field to run through those scripted plays, the Bobcats broke down into position groups over on the baseball field. While the freshmen worked on agility drills, the skill players ran through pass plays against linebackers and defensive back and the linemen went through their paces punching dummies on a blocking sled.
Joining assistant coach Fred Hoskins in overseeing the linemen was the newest addition to Bell County’s coaching staff, former Bobcat standout Adam Turner.
“Adam is a former Bobcat player. He was here I think from ‘95 to ‘98 and went on to play in college at Campbellsville. He’s coached at Franklin County and Anderson County and he’s got a lot experience working with the offensive line,” Mills said. “He wanted to come home and bring his family back to Bell County. We’re tickled to have him back here.”
The Bobcats will start working out in full pads with contact next week as they continue to get ready for the 2014 season. Bell County opens up at South Pittsburg, Tenn., on Aug. 22.