SEBRING — The Sebring Blue Streaks football team took to the practice field for the second day on Tuesday and head coach LaVaar Scott wants to see players doing the best they can do.
“I’m just looking for effort,” he said. “If they give the effort, we’ll get everything else fixed.”
Teams are prohibited from having full-contact practice until Saturday, but the Blue Streaks are getting in plenty of work and spent part of Tuesday morning working on creating turnovers, such as stripping the ball from a runner and going through some tip drills.
Scott said the team was a bit sluggish at the start of Tuesday’s practice, but things picked up as the morning progressed. He stressed to the players the importance of doing things right the first time, so the team could get off the practice field before the weather gets too hot.
“(Monday) was actually a great practice and today I think the morning wake-up jumped on them a little bit, but practice got better,” he said. “It wasn’t like it was just a bad practice.”
Scott said he is waiting for some of his upperclassmen to step up and be team leaders and show the younger players how things should be done.
“If they don’t want to lead, we’re going to lead for them,” he said. “We have a few leaders, but they’re not consistent. We’ve had years where we didn’t have that leadership and we were hurt because of it.”
Sebring coaches understand that the first week of official practice can be a bit overwhelming for some of the players, especially if it’s a new experience, but things will normalize a bit in short order.
“I just want them to soak everything in, give great effort and learn,” Scott said. “They need to understand that it’s all going to slow down for them. Right now, it’s fast because it’s a new learning curve, but they’re getting it. It’s a good start.”
The Blue Streaks open the season on Aug. 29 with a home game against Jupiter Christian.