The West Lincoln Rebels have opened summer workouts with a focus on strength and conditioning after focusing on plays and skills during their workouts during the spring semester.
West Lincoln graduated several of its starters from last year’s team, including quarterback Nick Fisher and fullback Dylan Smith. Head coach Tom Sain said that the majority of positions are currently open while the Rebels focus on getting in shape.
“I probably couldn’t name 11 starters right now,” he said. “We haven’t really named any starters, positions are wide open. I told some of the younger players that if we don’t have many seniors, a lot of underclassmen are going to be in starting positions. We’re trying to build some strength over the summer and get ourselves conditioned and in shape. When the season comes along we’ll still lift, but during the season you don’t gain much strength, you work to maintain the strength you already have.”
Sain said he expected between eight and 10 seniors on the varsity Rebel squad for the 2012-2013 season, including a strong group of juniors that he’s worked with since he took over as head coach two years ago.
“The biggest class will be our rising juniors,” he said. “Those are the guys that I’ve been the head coach of for two years. They’ve been with me since they were freshman and that’s a good group of kids.”
The biggest turnout for summer workouts has come from younger players, but Sain was impressed with the solidarity the group as a whole has shown so far.
“We’ve had a pretty good turnout as far as the younger guys go,” he said. “That’s kind of typical of summer. We still have a few people on vacation so we’re kind of hit-and-miss, sometimes we have a bunch and sometimes we’re slim. The biggest thing that I’ve seen with these guys is that they work well together, they get along well, and they encourage each other. Once you get a group going and get the guys working out, when one of the guys misses the other guys ask him where he was at. They’re encouraging each other all the time to be there and get there.”