Shortly after arriving on campus in April, Bill Poe got his first impression of his Northwest Texans during spring practice.
“I felt good coming out of the spring,” Poe said. “We got into the meat and potatoes of the new offense and defense. I was pleased with the progress.”
Monday, Poe will get a chance to see how much carried over from the spring with the start of fall workouts for the 6A school. The Texans will take the field at 7:25 a.m.
“We’re excited to get going. The kids are foaming at the mouth,” Poe said.
Poe, who was previously the offensive coordinator at Marble Falls, replaced Bill Patterson, who left this spring for the job at Sherman.
The Texans return quarterback Jesse Drummer, who threw for 2,400 yards and 24 touchdowns last year, along with receiver Emmanuel Moore, who caught 58 passes for 1,071 yards. Northwest also brings back three other starters from an offense that averaged 379 yards per outing.
“There’s a great foundation laid,” Poe said. “I’m fortunate and glad to work with the offensive weapons that they have been able to utilize the last few years. We’re ready to get out there and compete.”
On defense, the Texans lost 10 starters to graduation, including linebackers Jacob Parker and Duke Kicinski, who combined for 225 tackles.
Poe said he was impressed by the growth on the defensive side of the ball during spring practice but pointed out that the group is still short on game experience.
“With only one returning starter, there’s lots of shoes to fill,” Poe said. “We have some good athletes on that side of the ball. Their one deficiency is experience.”
The Texans will work out in shorts and helmets until Friday, when they can don the pads for the first time. Northwest opens the season Aug. 29 against Corsicana.