Reagan is a “completely different” football team in 2023

Josh McGee, head coach Reagan, high school coach McGee, you know, last season last year you faced a pretty strong team in the first round of the playoffs. They’re probably the toughest street team in Charlotte, Catholic. Um, but you were all pretty young last year too, quarterback, running back, or freshman. Um, I guess at this point maybe, uh, what for and everything? Yes man. So, we’re enjoying our time out here, um spring training, um, a whole different football team, you know, I think, you know, we, we’ve been a little spoiled over the last few years when you, you know, Sam Pendleton and Turner Spencer Webbs. And so these guys are gone. And now you take some new people with you and we, we, we’re developing our culture here and, and the chemistry and, you know, it’s been really fun so far and , and excited for this journey. Uh, it’s not about Landon, your cornerback signing the Duke, I’m thinking Jan 1, uh, interstate guy for 2024. Um, did you see him growing up because I know he was just starting out started playing football when he got here and, uh, right, where is he now? Then, then I guess he was a few years old. He’s a one of a kind guy, man. He’s a team first guy. Uh, it’s always about other people practicing with you when you, you know, when you get out of here early, he’s the first person to practice every day. And it’s been like this since he was a sophomore. And before he was offered a duke and after a duke acceptance, he’s still the first out here and the last to leave. Well, you know, when you have guys like that, you have a chance. And, you know, we’re fortunate and blessed to have him on our program. So, a quarterback, uh Jacob Smith, he’s an NC state baseball shortstop commander and then Jalen Moore, uh running back, uh, also a sophomore, he’s got an offer from UN C Charlotte. Uh, these two guys, you know, they started at V last year. They eventually pull them up about halfway through the season. Um, what about these two guys so far? I think raising these guys changed the whole course of our season. Uh, look at the Glenn game, you know, we’re down 26-14, 4.5 to go, and, and we’re done, you know, we, we have no, no energy, you know, we I have nothing on offense and you know, add these guys, combine two drives and win a ball game. And on the other hand, that somehow did the rest of the way to us. And, you know, I would rate these two guys as two of the top 26 guys, you know, of course, in the state of North Carolina, and, you know, we’re lucky to have them, and, you know, we’re me will rely on and lean on them quite heavily and they will have to grow up very quickly. I think the biggest difference is that last year’s team will be at stake, as you mentioned. Um, from these guys, the Notre Dame guy and, you know, to the four sophomores and one junior, um, what’s the plan for the next few months before August comes around? Yes. You know you’re getting better by the day, you know, no excuses, that’s what we’ve got. And, you know, these, these guys are puppies, but, you know, they went undefeated on our JV team last year. I think that’s a plus. Um, you know, unfortunately for them, they get thrown into the fire very, very quickly and, you know, physically they might not be ready yet, but I have a feeling we are, we really are, we’re fine with them around and there’s a lot we can do to protect them a little and take them with us. But you know again, man, when somebody from Notre Dame and Duke comes by, these guys don’t come by very often. And so you take what you have, man, and as young as they are, they fuck their butts every day and I’m basically excited to see their development. You think you’re probably pretty happy with both vertices and the nickel point. What area of ​​defense will you be working on? It’s also a line of defense. It’s both a line game, you know, we feel really good about our back half, you know, whether it’s our corners or our safety. So all four of these guys are really good soccer players, really good athletes. You know, the addition of Carter Powell, our nickel spot, is obviously a huge addition to our two inside linebackers, our two V-backers from last year, one will be a sophomore, was a junior, so not much varsity Experience there but, you know, our line of defense, it’s the same, you know, we lost, you lose Turners, you don’t get a few Turners every day, you know. Um, and, and again, just youth and inexperience. Um, but everyone has had a good experience at some point and, um, you know, eventually they’ll be ready to go. So one last schedule, um, do your best to play a pretty tough noncom schedule, and then the conference as well, just like all Forsyth County teams. I mean you can go through them all but I think that’s what you have to do to be successful. You know, if you, um, if you want to make a breakthrough at the end of the season, you’re going to be up against teams like that. So, you know, I think one of the worst things you can do for your program is get the wrong idea of ​​who you really are by going up against teams that you feel are you could just go ahead and hit. You know, just roll out of bed and we never do that here. I never will. You know, I went to Marvin Ridge, went to Mooresville, and then obviously hosted Grimy as a third year. Uh, but it takes a week and then it’s east, you know, and then it’s on. So by the time we get to that point, hopefully we’ve prepared and, you know, uncovered and fixed some issues and found a way to be a better coach. Cherish the time, good luck this season.

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