JDP: Seems like the large group of incoming freshmen will be like a shot in the arm to the Jacksonville football program?
CT: I think with this (incoming) freshman group you will see that we want have to tap into them (for varsity service) like we had to do this year. We will be able to keep them playing together and let them experience success together and to get better physically and mentally before they move up to junior varsity and varsity.
JDP: What type of feedback have you been receiving from the community since the end of last season?
CT: Our community has been supportive and they under stand the process. We have some seasoned fans when it comes to the game of football; they're not dumb. They can tell when we're talented and when we are on the short end of the stick like we were this past season.
JDP: Have any changes been made to the off-season football workout program?
CT: We've mixed things up with our weight program to where we can work some football things in there. We've been spending sometime working on special teams and on technique, some of things that it is hard to squeeze in each day of practice due to the time limits. Also, with our conditioning, for example, we're doing it in such a way that we can teach football at the same time as the conditioning is going on.
JDP: Have have the Indians reacted to these changes?
CT: The kids have been great. They have been so responsive. We are starting to see some kids come out of their shells. You are always going to have guys like Carter McCown, Braylon Parish and Franklin Torres leading. I think we are starting to see some other leaders emerge and that is what this program desperately needs and that has been a very good blessing for us during these first-four weeks of off season.