By KEVIN HARRIS
FLOYDS KNOBS —
In the past, the summer to the Floyd Central football team meant a lot of strength-and-conditioning sessions.
But with school starting on Thursday, Aug. 1, four days before the first official football practice for the Highlanders (Monday, Aug. 5), Floyd Central coach Brian Glesing made some changes to his team’s summer program.
During the offseason, the Highlanders had four days of mini-camp, which consisted of two days in June and a pair of days in July. Glesing, who will be entering his seventh season at the Highlanders’ helm, decided to have the mini-camp because it gave his players a chance to get re-acquainted with the Highlanders’ system before school begins. Glesing pointed out that the earlier start date for school eliminates two-a-day practices during training camp, meaning less time to learn the offense and defense.
Glesing likes the effort the Highlanders have given this summer and hopes they will improve on their 2-8 record from a year ago.
“Two-and-eight is unacceptable,” Glesing said. “It’s the hardest we’ve worked our team in the summer since I’ve been at Floyd Central. No one is happy with 2-8. We’ve done a lot more running this summer to get a lot more toughness from our players.
“I like the kids. There haven’t been any complaints from them. We’re looking forward to get going with the season on Aug. 5.”
During their head start to the season this summer, the Highlanders have been learning a few new tweaks to their offense, which will be led by new starting quarterback Colton Kimm.
“We’re doing a couple of different things on offense. We have some new terminology,” Glesing said. “We’re doing a lot more teaching and installing more terminology.”
One thing that has not changed with Glesing’s offensive philosophy is a strong running game. He likes his running backs in junior Garry Posey and senior Nick Uhl and has high praise for offensive linemen Colton Farnsley and Ryan Heverly.
“I’m looking for big things from [Posey and Uhl]. They’ve had a good offseason,” Glesing said.
The mini-camp also gave the Highlanders an opportunity to work a lot on their defense. Floyd Central’s defense struggled last season, allowing 36.5 points and 401.6 total yards per game in 2012.
“Defense is the main thing we emphasized this summer,” Glesing said. “We gave up too many points and too many yards.”
FLOYD CENTRAL HIGHLANDERS
• Departures: OL/DL Chaz Wolf, OL/DL Joe Wolf, QB/DB Bryce Smith, WR/DE Collin Engle.
• Key returning players: RB/LB Garry Posey (Jr.), RB/DL Nick Uhl (Sr.), RB/LB Chase Herron (Sr.), QB Colton Kimm (Jr.), RB/DB Gabriel Kennedy (Sr.), TE/DE Trevor Smith (Sr.), RB/LB Brayden Hoke (Jr.), RB/DL Elijah Miller (Sr.), RB/LB Jacob Trudeau (Sr.), OL/DL Colton Farnsley (Sr.), OL/DL Ryan Heverly (Sr.).
• 2012 recap: Following three consecutive nine-win seasons, the Highlanders posted a 2-8 record in 2012. It was their first losing mark since coach Brian Glesing’s first year at Floyd Central in 2007. The Highlanders’ two wins were against Madison and Jennings County, and their season concluded with a first-round loss in Class 5A Sectional 8 to Castle, 56-12. The Highlanders’ defense had a rough year, allowing 36.5 points and 401.6 total yards per game.
• 2013 expectations: The Floyd Central defense must improve, which Glesing has emphasized during the summer. Floyd Central’s offense should improve with the return of Posey and Uhl in the backfield. Kimm took some snaps at quarterback last year, so he has some experience operating the Highlanders’ offense. Glesing says his team’s main goal is to have a winning record and be a better team by sectional time. Because of the addition of Class 6A and the reorganization of the sectionals, Floyd Central will play in a new Class 5A sectional this season, which includes Franklin, Jennings County and Whiteland.