It was a rough season for Tyler Lee in 2018, but for this group of Red Raiders, they can feel the tide turning as they hit the turf for spring practice.
“It’s definitely preparation for the fall, you can tell there is a big difference between this year and last year,” said senior defensive end Jamal Ligon.” “It’s a huge difference, the energy, the atmosphere, it’s different.”
“It takes a couple of years to get it done, and you slowly start seeing that process work,” said head coach Kurt Traylor.
Last year the Red Raiders gave up 43 points per game.
It’s a stat that motivates defensive end, and North Texas recruit, Ligon.
“We got to get nasty this year, it’s got to be a complete switch from last year,” said Ligon.
“Which ever side he’s on, that side of the ball has a really good day, just because he has the ability to lead,” said Traylor.
These spring workouts are extremely important for quarterback Mark Patton, who transferred into the program last season. He says he now feels like he is truly grasping this Red Raiders offense.
“Last year it was really stressful just trying to learn the offense and try to get it all down, but it’s a lot better this year, everything is going smooth,” said Patton.”
“Now he understands the signals and the concepts, so just the confidence level, if you’re confident in whatever you do, you’re going to be pretty good at it,” said Traylor.
Lee’s district has some of the best teams in the state, but coach Traylor expects his group to respond to the challenge of that schedule, and it starts, during spring ball.
“I preach to them everyday, if you want to be an average team, go practice average, but I want to be a great team, a great program,” said Traylor.
The Red Raiders will hold their spring football game at Robert E. Lee High School on Friday, May 17th at 5:30 p.m.