By Mike Albanese, TSB Staff
Coming off a 5-5 season, McKinney High’s first in District 10-5A after moving up from 4A, Lions head football coach Jeff Smith said the role the 7-on-7 season has on his squad’s improvement cannot be downplayed.
“It’s not one thing, it’s a lot of things,” Smith said of the 7-on-7 season and off-season programs.
Smith, who has been at the helm at MHS for three seasons, said his staff reviews all aspects of the team at the end of the season, looking for ways to improve the team from top to bottom.
And it seems the work is paying off. The Lions rebounded from a winless season in 2011 with the .500 campaign last fall.
Smith said a key reason for the further improvement has to do with what the players are doing in the offseason, noting the athletes’ work in the strength and conditioning program, and of course the 7-on-7 season.
Smith said spring ball allows coaches to get a look at some players, while the summer months gives the players the opportunity to stay sharp by taking many reps of the offensive plays.
Although Smith said he likes what the 7-on-7 season can provide the players, the primary focus is not winning games, but instead, getting reps on the field and learning from mistakes they make and correcting them.
The Lions will open camp Aug. 12 and open it 2013 campaign Aug. 30, playing host to Mansfield Legacy.
Editor’s note: If you missed TSB’s recent story catching up with McKinney Boyd’s summer program, plead click here. Also, watch for an upcoming story on McKinney North football.