Numbers may be down in the Northeast football program this season, but a veteran secondary has given third-year coach Terry McCray some confidence moving forward.
He will turn to senior safeties Jaquan McClinton and junior Angel Rodriguez, who double as wide receivers, to lead the team, along with a group of veteran linebackers. Senior running back Desmond Walker, who led the team with 15 touchdowns last season, will add some additional leadership on the offensive side of the ball.
“The growth from when I first got here to now has been tremendous,” McCray said. “The football I.Q. has tripled since I’ve been here and they are understanding what we are trying to get done. And they’re helping the younger guys out.”
Upon arrival, McCray focused on trying to get a strong summer conditioning program started, and this year that is starting to pay off.
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“When I first got here, Northeast was a losing program and we were trying to turn them into winners,” McCray said. “The biggest thing we did was have a summer program because we get better over the summer, which is what I always tell the kids. The most important part is who is going to be here over the summer working to get bigger and faster and stronger.”