The Ravenswood Red Devils of new head coach Mick Price are wrapping up three weeks of summer workouts this week with an air of anticipation and excitement for the beginning of fall drills.
The Red Devils have been busy in the weight room as on the field, along with agility drills and learning offensive wrinkles for the upcoming season.
Sophomore Connor Jelich will be moving from offensive line into the backfield this season along with twin brother Rhys, where they excelled under Price for the middle school Demons.
They’ll join returner Devon Cruise who showed very good running skills in limited duty last season.
“They’ll get the first crack,” said Price. “All of those kids are athletic and we need to get the ball into their hands. Heath Burgess will be our quarterback.”
Jon Crow has been running back-up at quarterback. Dillon Radabaugh and Logan Tuttle have been working at tight end with receivers including Patrick Watson, Thomas Sturm and others.
“I’ve been very satisfied with our summer practice,” Price added. “We’ve had good participation and our assistant coaches have done a very good job with the kids. We’ve had several kids out at 6:30 a.m. working with volunteer assistant coach Joe Jelich.”
Price hinted at some “new stuff” in terms of schemes, but added that some of the terminology will stay the same. He also said that the Devils will likely mix it up offensively with reliance not totally dependent on spread formations.
“Of course, everyone looks like a star in shorts,” Price added. “We’ll know much more when we go into fall camp and pads.”
Price said he has spread out his practice to get as many players as possible involved, while allowing participation in other summer activities including camps.
Brad Titus, who looks much bigger, returns to anchor the offensive line and the defensive at middle linebacker.
Billy Knicely and Trey Hatcher who played key trench roles in 2011 will return, but have been at camps. Other linemen working out in summer drills including a variety of agility and strength training are impressive.
“Line play will be a key component for us this fall,” Price noted. “They might be young, but we’re excited about this group of kids and their potential.”