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Eagles, new staff prepare for upcoming season

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, June 21, 2014

Justin Myers admitted he was a little sore after his workout Thursday morning that concluded the first week of Decatur’s summer conditioning program.

“We’re sore in the morning after working out, but I feel we’re getting better,” said Myers, who will battle for the Eagles starting quarterback job.

Extra Work

EXTRA WORK – Decatur athletes run a couple of extra sprints Thursday following the final workout of the week. Ninety Decatur athletes took part in the summer conditioning camp at the field house this week. Messenger photo by Richard Greene

Myers joined approximately 90 athletes between grades seven and 12 for the two-hour workouts this week at the Decatur field house under the direction of new Eagles football coach and athletic director Mike Fuller.

“Our average daily attendance has been about 90,” Fuller said. “Next week we should be over 100.

“I’m pleased. My hope is they put themselves through it and see the benefit.”

The workouts have focused on building strength in the weight room, while also getting outside and working on speed and agility.

Fuller said the outside drills have been divided between vertical speed and agility drills with a lot of cutting. In the weight room, he and his staff have worked with athletes on technique along with getting the general strengthening exercises in.

“It’s pretty intense,” Fuller said. “It’s different from offseason workouts during the school year. You get more time and can recover between drills. But we’re going for two hours.”

Myers and Jacob Kevetter agreed the workouts are intense.

“The coaches are really pushing us,” Kevetter said. “The intensity is better than last year. We’ve had a good turnout.”

Along with building strength and speed, the conditioning program has allowed the new coaching staff a chance to get to know their young athletes before the start of fall workouts in August.

“That’s huge. We get to know the kids and develop relationships,” Fuller said. “That’s the key to developing a good program.”

Myers said within this first week there’s already been a nice rapport with the new coaches.

“I really like them. The coaches are already joking around with us,” Myers said.

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