JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF
MARBLE FALLS — After several weeks of running and weight-room workouts, the Marble Falls High School football team was happy to strap on helmets and hit the field for the start of fall training camp Aug. 12.
Mustangs head coach Todd Dodge said the second day of practice was sharper than the first.
“Practice was outstanding,” he said.
After going through spring drills in May, one of the primary goals for the fall camp was creating depth. Coaches have chosen four players — seniors Aidin Parnell, J.T. Watson, Carson Bowen and Zuri Buchanan — to train for both the offense and the defense.
When two players are working with the offense, the other two are on the defense for a couple of days. Then they switch.
“That combination of four athletes, we’re trying to make eight players out of them,” Dodge said.
Junior Drake Harkins has moved to the offensive line to help create more options. He’ll help protect new starting quarterback Brennen Wooten, a sophomore. Since school ended in the spring, Wooten has put on 10 pounds.
“Wooten is in great shape,” Dodge said.
Wooten and senior running back Keith Jerome have been working together on quarterback-running back drills, such as pitchouts, short passes and movement. Jerome was hampered with leg discomfort during the spring.
“It doesn’t seem like that’s affected him at all,” Dodge said. “Keith is looking good.”
Senior offensive lineman Chace Fry is establishing himself as the leader of the unit, Dodge said.
Defensively, senior cornerback Cody Seelig, who is usually matched up against senior receiver Garrett Gray, has turned several heads, he said.
“He’s going to be a really good player for us,” Dodge said. “He’s expecting to be good and practicing consistently.”
Freshman Davin Manning has been working out with the varsity as a linebacker. Dodge said he’s happy with the player’s progress, noting his athletic ability and work ethic are pluses. The challenge is not to overload him, he said.
The Mustangs are on the field at 5:45 p.m. Aug. 15-16 for practice. The team, as well as other students involved in fall extracurricular activities, will be at Meet the Mustangs at 7 p.m. Aug. 16 at Mustang Stadium, 2101 Mustang Drive.
The football team concludes the week with a practice featuring game-like situations at 10 a.m. Aug. 17 at the stadium.