The 10 days of spring practice went by rather quickly for the Pickering Red Devils.


The 10 days of spring practice went by rather quickly for the Pickering Red Devils.
But it was a productive 10 days, according to head coach Lane Cook.
“We got a chance to look at everyone on both sides of the ball and we managed to put a little bit of our offense in,” the second-year head coach said.?“We saw some improvement, so I believe we had a productive spring season.”
The Red Devils closed out the 2011 spring practice session with the Red & White scrimmage on Monday.
Pickering, which finished the 2010 campaign with a record of 5-5, lost a number of players due to graduation, meaning a lot of new faces got to see action for the first time this spring.
But not all of Pickering’s talent graduated, especially in the skill department.
Zach Roberts is returning for his senior year as the starting quarterback, while Andre Flint and Josh Langston provide some punch in the running back area as veteran starters.
“We lost a lot of experience to graduation,” Cook said.?“But I’ve been very pleased with our skill guys. We have a lot more skill guys right now than we do big guys. We aren’t very big up front.”
The Red Devils are still rather young up front, but they do have some experience back with the likes of Charles Sanders.
However, there is a lack of size up front, which is something concerning Cook.
“We don’t have a lot of beef up front on either offense or defense, so we are going to have to work very hard this summer on getting stronger,” Cook said.?“It’s going to be very important for our kids to work hard during the summer and hit the weights.”
For most of the Monday scrimmage, the Red Devils ran out of the spread look. However, don’t look for Pickering to shy away from what they are known for, which is a hard-nosed running attack.
“Our bread and butter is the split back veer, but we want to put in some other looks, such as the spread. We need to have that option to go to if we need it.”
Summer drills begin June 6 for the Red Devils as the weight room will be open three days a week.
The fall conditioning drills begin the morning of Aug. 3 and the Red Devils will scrimmage Hamilton Christian at home on Aug. 18.
The Red Devils will play at the Rosepine Jamboree on Aug. 26 to close out the preseason activities.
Pickering will open the 2011 season at home against the Jena Giants on Sept. 3.