By Brandon Speck/Monroe Journal
AMORY – The honeymoon is over in Amory and new coach Trent Hammond is making no bones about how his team is expected to play.
Hammond is using the spring season to hopefully make his mark on Panther football…and make sure the players leave with a few marks as well.
“Spring to me is, number one, about teaching fundamentals,” Hammond said. “Then number two, I want it to be physical. I’m a believer in old school football. Play defense, run and control the football. You can’t do those things if you’re not physical. If you don’t leave bruised by spring, then you haven’t had a good one.”
The preliminary total stood at 58 players on Monday, a number that will likely grow by the fall.
Hammond said the spring is also a showcase opportunity for guys who haven’t had much playing time.
“I just think spring is an opportunity for guys who haven’t played or didn’t get a lot of playing time during the year to show themselves and find themselves a spot,” he said. “We’re going to move a lot of kids around to different spots.”
Those different spots are currently unoccupied Hammond said. They will be occupied, at least temporarily, by the time Amory goes to Mantachie for a spring jamboree on May 14, against North Pontotoc.
“There’s no starter at any position right now,” he said. “Everything is up for grabs. The most physical kids are going to get to play.”