It's that time -- football starts Aug. 12 for Mustangs
August 02, 2013, 10:00 am by Mark Goodson
By Mark Goodson
Highlander Sports Editor
Marble Falls defensive coordinator Tony Salazar said he fielded a lot of questions about the Mustangs at the annual Texas High School Coaching School earlier this week when the Mustangs staff traveled to Fort Worth.
"It’s that time,’’ Salazar said. "We’re up there rubbing elbows with all the coaches and everybody was wanting to know how we’re going to do. Nobody expects much out of us, but I think we’re going to be pretty good…We’re in the process of changing the culture.’’
On Wednesday night a big part of the Mustangs program was finishing up the summer time Performance Course under coach David Granson.
They finished up the conditioning by running 50 40-yard dashes in a span of a two hours under the lights at Mustang Stadium.
"It was a little easier this year, since we had done it before,’’ said Marble Falls offensive lineman Sam Kohutek.
The Mustangs delivered some quality work, showing a lot of push and teamwork.
Seniors R.J. Mintz and Josh Robles were a pair of the most vocal leaders during the running.
Mintz squared off with teammate Wyatt Casey going head to head in their heats.
"Mintz has come to the front as a vocal leader,’’ Salazar said. "It’s not all about being vocal, but working hard and getting better. He’s definitely working hard.’’
Robles, a guard and only returning starter on the offensive line for the Mustangs, was quick to encourage teammates that started the feel the effects of running in the heat.
Jason Lenoir, a defensive end for the Mustangs, was very energetic during the workout. He finished it off doing a flip when he crossed the finish line on the final 40-yard dash of the workout.
Linebackers Chris Carter and Zuri Buchanan were solid in their heats and have built up their bodies through the training.
Marble Falls defense has been a focus through the spring and summer since Salazar joined the staff.
Coach Todd Dodge did a state-wide search to land Salazar and it has already brought some benefits.
The defensive coaches for this season are led by Salazar, who will work first hand with the safeties. Chase Hargis will work with the cornerbacks.
Lee Munn, a graduate of Paul Pewitt High School and Mary Hardin Baylor University, joined the defensive staff as the linebacker coach.
"I recruited him,’’ Salazar said. "We both come from the same lineage (at Mary Hardin Baylor). We are on the same page and he really helped getting our defense in. He’s the type of guy that does everything you ask him to and he usually does it before you ask him.’’
Defensive line coach Ricky Sparks returns from last year’s staff and he’ll get help from Tim Hulen working with the front seven. Weston Franco is another defensive coach that will work with the sub-varsity secondary.
In his speech to the team after the Wednesday sprints, Dodge told the team he was impressed with the work this summer and reminded the players to report Aug. 12 ready for a shot at a big season.
The Mustangs players will report at 4 p.m. and will take the field around 5:30 p.m.
The Marble Falls coaching staff will have a fourth-hour window to get in the team’s workouts and meetings in preseason.
NOTES – Marble Falls athletes must have their physical completed before joining the pre-season workouts on Aug. 12. All athlete are required to have a yearly physical.
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