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Late start gets everyone involved for two-time champion Bulldogs

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  • Spring Practice
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  • George Becnel
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  • May 10, 2017 - 6:51pm

Dwain Jenkins is conducting his second spring practice as Lutcher coach. Jenkins and the Bulldogs won the 2016 state title to repeat as champs for the first time in school history.

It may appear that when you are a two-time defending state champion, you can start practice as late as you want to.

That may have seemed like the case for Lutcher’s football team but there was more to it than just a late debut for the 2017 Bulldogs.

“We were just trying to make sure we just had as many guys here as possible,” said Dwain Jenkins, who is conducting his second spring practice as Lutcher coach. “We know with a young football team that we need to do a lot of teaching so we didn’t want to have guys missing and we pushed to this week basically meaning the baseball team would have had to make the state tournament for any of those guys to miss a day of practice. We backed it up and had everybody from state track and baseball, unfortunately, lost in the second round, so we were able to have everyone here.

“We are not losing any days with any guys. Everybody is here and they will get the full 10 days and that’s the reason why we did it just to get as many guys as many days of practice as possible.”

Two days into spring drills, the Lutcher coach said he likes what he sees from his young squad.

“I don’t think we are nearly as talented a football team as we’ve been the last two seasons here but the guys we have are really focused on learning and figuring things out,” Jenkins said. “There’s not a lot of coaches having to say things multiple times. Like Coach (Craig) Zeringue (the Bulldogs’ defensive coordinator) told me, ‘we have a lot of sponges out here,’ and they are just trying to suck up as much knowledge as they can.”

Dealing with a young group means a lot of teaching, according to Jenkins.

“We have some carryover on the offensive line. We have a lot of experience there and we do have two receivers back and a running back on offense but we are replacing a quarterback and two of our main guys at receiver and on defense we are replacing eight starters for the second year in a row. There’s a lot of things that need to be learned this spring,” the Lutcher coach said.

The early portion of drills is being devoted mostly to teaching and individual work, Jenkins said.

“There’s not a whole lot of team stuff, just a lot of repetition and teaching. We will do that this week and do the same thing (next Monday and Tuesday). On Wednesday will be a polish-up day and Thursday will be a big scrimmage day. The following week, determining how that scrimmage goes, will determine what we do the last three days that last week,” Jenkins explained.

The Bulldogs will conclude drills with a split squad game at 5 p.m. May 24.

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George Becnel is an award-winning journalist and has been a sports writer and editor for more than 30 years.