After what some people may call an “average” season, Valdosta Wildcats head coach Rance Gillespie addressed the crowd with a somber tone to open the day.
Gillespie was quick to say that last season, by far, was not the best in his term at VHS.
“At Valdosta, 7-4 is not acceptable, its not where we want to be and certainly not where we set out bar.”
He did state that the summer training has been very productive, for both the offense and defense.
The prior season defense boasted a younger line up. A majority of these players have returned and improved since last year.
The whole secondary is back and ready for action.
All three linebackers are returning. Leading the defense, senior linebacker Anthony Smith will be like a “quarterback” on the other side of the ball, as VHS hopes to improve upon their record from last season.
The Wildcats lost a lot of help on the offensive side of the ball, including two wideouts who caught a majority of the catches last season in addition to losing their two year starting quarterback.
Gillespie also noted that they are rebuilding their entire offensive line due to losing all five starters.
Bright spots on the offense however include two good running backs, who are both three year starters. Wide receiver Alex Cason is the clear leader of the wideout group.
“I don’t know if I have had a football team that has come this far in 21 years in coaching, that this team has come since spring ball,” said Gillespie.
Team has been participating in 7 on 7 tournaments throughout the summer.
The Wildcats will only have 19 seniors return.