LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Dennis Johnson is entering his third season as coach at Woodford County and each team has been different. 2015 had size and strength, 2016 saw more quickness, 2017 brings a tougher attitude.
"We've picked up the intensity a lot on both sides of the ball," said quarterback Brody McCoun. "We've got a small group, but we're working with what we've got. We're really getting after it in the weight room and watching film and we're really breaking it down. So, it's really intense right now."
The Jackets are in the midst of camp where positions are up for grabs across the board, especially at quarterback.
"Brody McCoun, he played a little quarterback last year, played some Y (receiver), he can play everywhere," said Johnson. "Quinton Turner, who had a bad elbow last year, he's come on and played phenomenal. He just came back from a broken thumb, so that kind of slowed him down a little bit, but it's a battle."
There are also some key contributors defensively.
"One of them just came back today, Brennan Clark, the outside linebacker who made the play who got the strip for tackle for loss. Then another kid who hasn't been playing who's been a two-year starter and is going to be a junior named Ben Nash. He can fly. He's got a hamstring (injury) and you know how those skill guys always have those hamstrings. So when I get those two guys real healthy, I'll have two game-breakers."
In the last decade Woodford County has only two winning seasons. Changing that is priority number one.
"This year we are definitely trying to get to .500 and personally I'm trying to have a winning record in the district," said McCoun. "We need to turn this program around and that's the way to do it, make a statement this year and let people know we're coming."