JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER
MARBLE FALLS — A 6 a.m. start did little to diminish the enthusiasm of the Marble Falls High School football team Aug. 8.
The Mustangs began fall training camp at that hour, needing no more than 15 minutes to issue equipment before heading to the field.
They worked out for about 90 minutes in the first session, took a break and then worked out again.
The Mustangs broke into position drills then moved to working base offense with sophomore quarterback Andrew Stripling and junior quarterback Zach Rangel alternating snaps.
Head coach Matt Green, who is entering his third year, said he was pleased with the way the two looked.
“They’re throwing the ball well,” he said. “I like where our quarterbacks are at. I like the way our receivers are catching the ball, and our running backs look crisp.”
Perhaps Stripling’s biggest gain was in the kitchen. He put on about 10 pounds over the summer to move to 172 pounds.
“All muscle,” Green said. “He played right at 160 in the spring. He’s moving better.”
He anticipated about 135 ninth- through 12th-graders will be playing football this year.
“That’s up for us,” he said. “We have more depth since we’ve been here.”
The coach noted the line depth “is good quality.”
“You always want more linemen,” he said.
Coaches will teach some athletes multiple positions, which will give playcallers options.
About the only area Green saw the Mustangs needed to address was conditioning.
“We have to get in better shape,” he said. “We’re putting an emphasis on getting in better shape. We’re going fast and in our tempo to get them in better shape.”