The one word that screams to me is inexperience.
We graduated 18 kids last year, and are replacing 16 starters, all of whom did an awful lot of things for us. That being the case, we have a lot of kids stepping into some pretty big roles for us right now that have done a lot on the junior varsity and ninth grade levels, but as far as varsity football is concerned, they are a little bit behind the curve.
Inexperience is one of those things you can overcome by playing 100 percent on every single snap, and I think our kids did a pretty good job of that in the scrimmage at Wesleyan.
The great challenge here at Lovett is that we know we are never going to be as big as the people we play against, and probably not as fast, or as strong, so we are going to have to execute better in every phase of the game than our opponent. That’s what we’ve done in the past, and that’s what we plan on doing this year.
This early part of the season is going to be critical to us as we develop into a tight, cohesive unit. We’re really looking forward to the team we’ve got and to see what we can do this year.