June 20, 2007 - COVINGTON
|Buccaneer senior lineman JJ Thompson embodies Coach Miller's philosophy of giving maximum effort.
It didn't take long for the new Buccaneer head football coach to set the tone for the 2007 season and beyond.
As a matter of fact, all it took for Dave Miller to get his point across was the speech he gave the young men before taking to the practice field in the opening day of camp.
Three points were made that will hopefully become the trademark of Buccaneer football - effort, team and tradition.
Miller stressed he expected maximum effort from his players, indicating that mistakes would be made but that they could be minimized with effort.
"There's going to be a lot of things thrown at you," Miller told his players. "You will make mistakes and we understand that. But we expect you to give us your best effort."
One heartbeat, one team could become the Buccs' rallying cry as Miller would like each kid to put the team goals ahead of personal goals.
"Everything we do, we'll do as one - one heartbeat, one team," Miller explained. "From breaking the huddle to firing off the ball. We'll do it together as one."
The final point was the tradition of success Covington football has enjoyed over the years will continue with Miller at the helm and that the kids had to carry the torch left behind by those who played before them.
"I may be new here, but I understand the tradition of Covington football," he told the kids. "Who's going o be the next Gene Studebaker and Seth Mohler? Who's going to be the one to step up when you are down by three touchdowns? Hopefully we have eleven guys on the field wanting to be that person. You guys (the kids) are next in line to carry that torch."
Once the team took the field for drills, it was obvious that the kids took notice. It didn't matter whether it was a freshman or a senior, each one of the kids were into what Miller and his staff was instructing.
As Miller said there would be, mistakes were made. But each time the kids came right back and did it right the second time.
Miller got what he expected as far as effort. Each one of the kids did as he and his staff asked - without hesitation.
At the end of the day Miller was pleased with his team and he let them know it.
"This first day went better than I expected," he praised his players. "We still have a lot to work on, but you guys came out here and did what we asked. As long as you continue to do that and put the team goals first, we'll be headed in the right direction."
And that direction will hopefully be the next step toward the ultimate goal - a state title.