Eisenhower: Few questions, but answers found

There will be a new coach on the sidelines next year for the Aldine Eisenhower team. But the players' intensity and will to win remains the same. The Eagles participated in spring drills with 16 starters back to reload for next season. TexasPrepInsider talked with coach Ray Evans after the spring game to discuss expectations and observations from this year's spring training.

Many football fans would look at the Aldine Eisenhower team, which is loaded with talent, and say that have very few flaws and should make a deep run in the playoffs in 2008. Well, first-year coach Ray Evans thinks the same thing.

"We got it all and we are looking for good things next year," Evans said. "We have 16 kids coming back and everybody is looking for great things from us and we are looking to do real good next year."

And rightfully so. With very few positions to fill on the Eagles' roster, Evans went into spring looking for a few key spots. It seems like those issues have already been resolved.

"I think what we were looking for going into spring training, we found some answers," Evans said. "What we were looking to do is find two offensive linemen after losing two to graduation. We look like we have found them and got the back up we were desperately looking for. On defense, we needed two linebackers and we found that too. I think right now we are good to go."

Aside from the positions that need filling, Eisenhower returns plenty of talented skilled players who have two years of experience at the varsity level. 

Most of them are on the offensive side of the ball.

"Offensively, all of our skilled kids are back. Greg Timmons, Jaz Reynolds, and Kenneth Guiton, who is a great quarterback, leader and student," Evans said. "Defensively we have a lot of leadership on the field and our secondary is all back. They are all great leaders as well. Of course everyone knows about Craig Loston, but we have also have Verlis Martin and Terrance Fletcher back there as well.

"Up front we have Marcus Thompson, Jay Guy (young kid), Drew Moore all those kids were starters and they are great leaders."

From what was said by Evans, Eagles fans can expect their team to come out and be competitive week in and week out. But as the Eisenhower team gets ready for summer workouts, the expectations for success is higher than ever.

"What we told our kids at the end of spring ball is the last plays going into the fall is the summer workouts," Evans said. "The last two years we have had great turnouts in the summer and looking for the same or a little bit better and we will be ready next fall. I'm looking forward to a great year next year after going two rounds in the playoffs in 2007."


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