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BURNET — Burnet High School senior quarterback Weston Cozby and his teammates have been making the most of the first two days of two-a-day practices. So much so, Cozby said, that he has been pleased with the quality of work he has witnessed on the field.

Even with only helmets on, the Bulldogs weren’t afraid to challenge each other. Defense was the order of the day, from working on tackling angles to using proper footwork and posture to getting to a ball carrier. In addition, players went through several conditioning drills. Staff photos by Jennifer Fierro

“Came out the first day, and everybody was pumped up,” he said. “Everybody was getting out there and didn’t make a lot of mistakes. Usually the first day, you struggle here and there. Everybody came together, even the first day.”

Head coach Doyle Walker agreed. “The kids have been uptempo,” he said. “We’ve gotten after it. Everything is positive.”

While Walker declined to say how many sophomores, juniors and seniors reported, he did say he wasn’t surprised by the number.

“It’s about what we expected it to be,” he said.

He has been pleased with the players remembering what to do in specific plays and what is expected in each position.

“Most of the kids who are here have retained pretty well,” he said. “We had a few new kids coming in. They’re learning the system.”

Cozby said he can see his teammates are feeling comfortable.

“Right now, we’re just going over basic run plays, basic pass plays that in 7-on-7 we did,” he said. “Everybody’s doing well. Nobody has dropped a lot of balls or made bad reads, so it’s going well right now.”

The energy has been high and few athletes have been winded, Cozby said, which means drills are done with enthusiasm and coaches can spend more time teaching.

“Most of the guys were here for summer workouts, and the guys who weren’t are getting extra conditioning, getting to where they want to be,” he said. “Once these two weeks are up, we’ll be ready to go.”

That all points to some important dates beginning with the Aug. 13 scrimmage at Boerne Champion.

“I can’t wait until our first scrimmage,” Cozby said. “We already are a team, but I want to see us grow even more. With the young guys we have, just come together. It’s going to be awesome, it’s going to be a good year.”