First day for Bulldogs


Standing on the Bulldogs’ practice field yesterday observing the action on day one of practice, everything seemed to make sense. It was like everything was right with the world again.

I remember being in Guthrie’s stadium for opening round of playoffs back in November and watching the clock crumble to zero, and put an end to a terrific 2014 season.

I also remember every conversation with anyone interested in Bulldogs’ athletic program since then has had a common thread. Let’s just say all talk is slanted toward eagerly anticipating this 2015 season.

The offense already clicks, and rightfully so. This flexbone is no longer new to the player who makes the reads. Quarterback, Jayden Benway looks like a seasoned vet as he goes through his progressions. It’s a big group of kids with some big kids in it. During a chat with Perfecto Garcia during practice, a group of underclassmen jogged by us moving from one station to another. It was clear these youngsters have been working this summer. They’ve been eating too. I’m sure line coach, Dusty Davis, is delighted so far.

The Bulldogs won’t see pads until Friday. This is the same for all schools as a federal mandated policy. After the pads are issued, practices for all teams are limited to no longer than any 2.5 hour practice session.

Fortunately for the kids yesterday was a beautiful, mild temperature with some cloud cover. It was business as usual for the Bulldogs. Coaches were on task, and pushing for every effort from their players. The Bulldogs appeared eager to learn, and they brought their hustle with them.

Add to that the usual scene of Mitch “The Trainer” holding his breath for an injury-free day, as well as coach Vargas’ high energy antics – and day one is in the books. Keep these kids, coaches, managers, trainers and reporters in your thoughts as preparation for the season unfolds. Like every other school with high hopes for a great season, the Bulldogs need to avoid injuries.

GO BULLDOGS!!

Coach Vargas shouts encouragement for an explosive burst after the whistle.
http://altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_12.jpgCoach Vargas shouts encouragement for an explosive burst after the whistle.
Coach Davis is looking to see who is first to the other end of these rails.
http://altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_21.jpgCoach Davis is looking to see who is first to the other end of these rails.

A cloudy, cool day is the reason for these managers’ smiles.
http://altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_31.jpgA cloudy, cool day is the reason for these managers’ smiles.

It’s that time again. GO BULLDOGS!!
http://altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_41.jpgIt’s that time again. GO BULLDOGS!!

The Bulldogs offense works through the flexbone option.
http://altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_51.jpgThe Bulldogs offense works through the flexbone option.

Always coaching them up.
http://altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_61.jpgAlways coaching them up.

See Jayden Benway’s eyes are on reading the end as he decides to put this one in Taven Birdow’s belly.
http://altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_72.jpgSee Jayden Benway’s eyes are on reading the end as he decides to put this one in Taven Birdow’s belly.

Taven Birdow is a huge running back.
http://altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_81.jpgTaven Birdow is a huge running back.

Hard to imagine long sleeves at the first Bulldogs practice in August.
http://altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_91.jpgHard to imagine long sleeves at the first Bulldogs practice in August.

As usual, Coach Vargas is ready for the next phase of practice.
http://altustimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_101.jpgAs usual, Coach Vargas is ready for the next phase of practice.

Brad Gilbert

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