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sum­mer work­out does is you start get­ting some team co­herency. The teams starts com­ing to­gether at least that’s what we’ve got­ten so far. We feel like as a team we’ve re­ally come to­gether as one,” he added.

In ad­di­tion to work­ing out in the weight room, Al­covy worked a lot on agility and foot­work as well. With such a young team, Hoff­man has been try­ing to get his guys as much as ex­pe­ri­ence as pos­si­ble. Most teams don’t take a lot of play­ers to seven-on-seven tour­na­ments, but the Tigers have taken 30 to 40 play- ers and some­times fielded two teams. They played 11 games on Tues­day, ro­tat­ing as many guys in as pos­si­ble to al­low them to com­pete and get ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Some of ‘em prob­a­bly didn’t need to be there, but they stepped up and did an out­stand­ing job,” Hoff­man said.

Hoff­man noted that se­niors Dal­ton Carter and Jar­rett Mobley have led the team on the of­fen­sive line, say­ing he’s pleased with their work ethic. Other play­ers such as Elija God­win, Robert Black, Chris Stewart and James Bell have had a tremen­dous im­pact on the team.

Last year’s run­ning back Kenyon Kel­ley signed to Methodist and Stewart, God­win and Bell will all com­pete to be the No. 1 op­tion with the likely out­come be­ing that the Tigers use their en­tire sta­ble of backs to run the rock.

On the de­fen­sive side of the ball the Tigers will look to re­place stand­out safety D’An­thony Bell.

“It’s hard to re­place a D’An­thony Bell,” Hoff­man said be­fore nam­ing a few guys who had stepped up this sum­mer and could po­ten­tially fill his role such as Black.

Af­ter one month, Hoff­man feels like they’ve got kids in the right po­si­tion. He says when they get to put the pads on it’ll be huge to see who’s gonna play where and who’s sep­a­rate them­selves from the rest of the team.

The last time the Tigers had a year like this was 2010, when they went 1-9. Next year, in 2011, Al­covy se­cured a five-game win to­tal im­prove­ment fin­ish­ing the sea­son with a 6-5 record and a trip to the state play­offs. Hoff­man says the team could see a sim­i­lar im­prove­ment this sea­son if they con­tinue to build and get bet­ter ev­ery week.

“If we get bet­ter ev­ery week we got a chance to be one of those four teams that gets to play the 11th week,” Hoff­man said. “Ev­ery team in the state has that same abil­ity. I think the key for us, like ev­ery team, is can we go out and ev­ery get bet­ter and bet­ter to where we’re play­ing our best football at the end?”

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