JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - In the early morning hours Monday on the campus of Valley View, you could hear the sound of whistles with the distant sound of drums. Football season is here.
The Blazers wasted no time getting to work on day one of their fall practice slate as they prepare for the 2015 football season. Despite the heat, players flew around the practice field running through offensive and defensive drills.
There are plenty of question marks surrounding Valley View's upcoming season, but that may not be a bad thing for second-year head coach Sean Cockrell. "I'm really excited about trying to do something this year that nobody expects us to do," Cockrell told Region 8 Sports.
Blazers faithful will see a new-look offense when the blue and gold step on the field for the first time. Valley View has made the move to the Flex Bone Offense, meaning that instead of being the pass-heavy squad that we've seen in years past, the Blazers will rely heavily on the run.
While installing a new offense can lead to a re-building issue, Cockrell feels things are progressing nicely. "We feel like we're way ahead of where we want to be," he said, "We got a lot of work this summer and got a lot of work this spring." Personnel is often the motivation behind making an offensive change and Cockrell said guys are finding their fit in the new formations. "Guys are starting to separate themselves as far as quarterback, runningbacks, and that kind of stuff. I feel like we are on our way."
Valley View finished 3-7 in Cockrell's first season at the helm of the Blazers in 2014.
The Blazers will open up the 2015 slate with a benefit game against Newport then their official opener will be in the Border Bowl against Jonesboro at Centennial Bank Stadium.