ROCKINGHAM — Bryan Till has been pleased with the Richmond football team’s energy during summer workouts this week, saying things have been “really good” now that everyone is back from the second and final NCHSAA dead period.
“We’ve had some great leadership,” he explained after Wednesday’s workout. “A lot of guys who don’t necessarily have formal leadership roles are coming out here with high expectations of performance, and that goes a long way.
“It’s been really good to see and we look for it to continue.”
It’s the first week since the summer began — aside from the two dead weeks — that the Raiders haven’t competed in a 7-on-7, so they’ve had more practice time to work on the things that hadn’t received as much attention over the last month or so.
They’ve added some special-team drills to the practice schedule, they participated in tire fights during Tuesday’s session, and have slightly amped up the conditioning in order to “break up the monotony” during workouts.
“We’re just trying to make sure we’re not doing the same exact things we’ve been doing all summer,” Till said.
Although the end-of-practice conditioning has been the norm throughout the offseason, Till believes that it’s more important for his players to go game speed when they’re running pursuit drills on defense, running routes on offense, etc.
It’s better, he says, to do those drills with a certain amount of intesity while practicing so the body can get used to those movements at that pace, because going through the motions in practice can ultimately lead to cramps when it’s finally time to compete.
“Yeah, we’re going to do some things at the end (of practice) to get in shape, but I think it’s more important to go full speed in your reps and your execution — if that makes sense,” Till said. “The intensity of practice is the most important thing when it comes to conditioning.”
Richmond has one more day (Thursday) of workouts this week and then it will wrap things with a make-up day (Friday) for the players who have only missed one day this summer. If those “seven or eight guys” attend, they will become a part of the team’s “100 percent club” — which is reserved for the players who made it to every workout this summer.
Last year, there were only 34 club members.
This time around, the Raiders already have more than 90 — which was the goal the leadership council set heading into the summer — and are looking forward to cracking the century mark once the make-up day is in the books.
“It’s easy to say ‘I’m committed,’ but to be able to see the results of them showing their commitment is huge,” Till added.
Head coach Bryan Till, middle, talks to the Richmond football team following Wednesday morning’s summer workout on the school’s practice field.
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