Starkville Academy football coach Jeff Terrill has a pretty good idea what he has to work with this fall.
The challenge in his first year on the job at the private school is to figure out something about opponents.
It’s something Terrell intends to learn as the preseason progresses.
“You are talking about a coach coming to a completely different league who has never played an opponent and it’s hard for me to judge exactly where we are because we don’t know who we’re playing against,” Terrill said. “Through years and years of coaching, there are always going to be surprises. Hopefully, there will be more positives than negatives.”
The Volunteers hold their first preseason practice Monday morning and Terrill hopes the work accomplished in the summer will be evident when they hit the field.
“Our young men have had a really great summer, have participated well and lifted weights hard,” Terrill said. “We’re really excited about the commitment level we see. We’ll go through the week and anticipate getting off to a good start in training camp.”
Starkville Academy has scheduled two-a-day practices until school starts and Terrill expects to get a great amount of things accomplished.
The former Itawamba Community College coach was pleased with the introduction of his system in the spring after being hired to take over the Vols.
“Spring practice was really beneficial,” Terrill said. “Obviously, we got to know the kids and tried to get them in the right positions. We were able to evaluate the things we were able to do well and the things we really need to work on. It gave us a direction to establish what would be the best for us offensively so it was a good start.”
As far as getting a look at an opponent, Terrill gets that opportunity when Starkville Academy travels to scrimmage Leake Academy on Aug. 6 and takes part in a jamboree at Jackson Academy on Aug. 13.
“It’s a good level of a team (Jackson Academy) in a jamboree setting,”
Terrill said. “You can compete against teams that maybe are larger with more numbers and speed so it will be a great opportunity for our guys to get their feet wet.”
The Vols open the season at Ackerman, a game that has been moved up one day to Aug. 19.