Cookeville High School football head coach Jimmy Maynord brings another young team to the gridiron this fall.
“Now we are kind of young again,” Maynord said. “We have a lot of juniors that are starting for us. We feel good about those guys. They just need some playing experience. We have some seniors that have gone through our ranks that played a little bit last year for us. But we are still a relatively young football team.”
Maynord believes that the Cavaliers offense will look a little different this year with Stockton Owen under center. Owen replaces graduated senior, Blaine Espisnosa, who was more of a pocket passer than Owen is.
“(Owen) brings a lot of quickness,” Maynord said. “He has really developed in the passing game. Obviously, he brings a dual threat to our football team. When you have a quarterback that has great running skills and can also throw the football. It really brings a good dimension to our football team and the offensive side of the ball.”
Football in its simplest form can be broken down into blocking and tackling. Maynord feels his defensive unit need to improve in that area before they take on Upperman on August 22nd at Tucker Stadium.
“We have got to tackle better,” Maynord said. “We had people at the point of contact but we didn’t tackle very well. Obviously if you are going to be a good defensive team we have got to tackle. We have got to get a little more hungry on defense and get to the ball.”