MARBLE FALLS — Though their football season ended in early November, the Marble Falls Mustangs have been using the offseason to their advantage.
Head coach Matt Green outlined what the players have been doing the past three months.
Top of his to-do list was helping the players get stronger. So the first task was implementing a weightlifting program. At first, the Mustangs lifted four times a week. They’ve since dropped that to three times a week.
Many players are on the track-and-field team, where they’re getting faster. So during the athletic period, the Mustangs are going through speed, agility and flexibility drills.
Agility drills involve running around cones and changing directions while going at top speed.
Flexibility exercises use hurdles to loosen the hips.
They also are doing more backpeddling.
Green said these exercises are crucial for many reasons. Most important is helping to prevent injury. In addition, the sport of football is more than straight-ahead running.
“When you’re big and strong and pushing straight ahead, you have to be able to move people back,” the coach said. “Moving laterally is the agility and flexibility part.”
In late March, the players will do football drills through the end of the semester.
The Mustangs will have a new quarterback in 2015 since Brennen Wooten transferred to San Angelo Central during the Christmas holiday because of his father’s job.
Green declined to talk about the quarterback position right now, saying only that he’s encouraged by some habits his players are forming.
One is spending 20 minutes almost every day after school with receivers where they are calling routes to throw and catch.
“We have a lot of kids out there working,” the coach said. “A lot of freshmen are beginning to mix in. They’re getting in there and getting involved.”