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Welsh, Bulldogs get back to basics

Thomson football players and coaches made their way to the football field last week for spring practice. The two-week practice session ends Friday.

In the meantime, Head Coach Luther Welsh said he is working on reiterating the fundamentals at each and every position to get ready for next year's football season.

"We're just taking it slow and making sure we cover all we need to cover," he said. "...We're not in a big hurry, just a lot of repetition. They need to learn, and this is what spring practice is for because they don't have to get ready for a ballgame."

The players went though drills the first week and will participate in several inter-squad scrimmages this week, according to Coach Welsh. The work helps coaches figure out the best position for each player.

"We may have to move some kids around in certain different positions that will fit their talent," Coach Welsh said.

Some of the younger players are requiring more one-on-one attention to get up to speed with the rest of the team, but that's part of the aim of the two-week session, he said.

And Coach Welsh has returned to his roots with his coaching duties this season. Last year, with the addition of the new Offensive Coordinator Mark Daniel, Coach Welsh stepped away from coaching the offensive line to supervise the entire team's workouts.

That "college coach" role disappeared at spring practice. Coach Welsh is back in his comfort zone with the offensive line.

"I've got to have hands-on if I'm going to coach," he said. "...I can't walk around and supervise, do this, do that. I was halfway miserable. I've never done that in my lifetime, and I don't need to start doing it in my later years, either."

As for replacing the graduating skill position players, the running back positions are up in the air. But Coach Welsh said the starting quarterback will be Brandon Turman.

Web posted on Thursday, March 01, 2007

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