One of the things Boca Ciega first-year coach Antez Brinson implemented this spring was a quicker pace in practice. Drills were timed. Players sprinted back after plays. Anyone caught jogging ran some more and did it fast.
It was something Brinson picked up during his years as an assistant at Lakewood.
"That was kind of a culture shock to the players," Brinson said. "They were not used to that. But we wanted to do that to get in condition and simulate the pace of a game."
So when practice started Monday, Brinson wanted to make sure his players were continuing to speed up practice.
"I wanted to see if the players were still flying around and setting the same tempo," Brinson said. "I wanted to see how they would respond after a summer of not going at that level."
The Pirates have a young team. Three juniors, Denzal Dillard, Fortune Gamble and Caleb McCullough, will share the load at running back. There also are seven to 10 sophomores who could see a significant amount of playing time.
"We've got a pretty good group to work with," Brinson said.