About 70 players ran through, plays and drills as the Nick Davis era began on the field at Spalding High School Tuesday with the first day of spring practice.
“It’s a typical first day — new system, new offense, new defense,” said Davis, a Griffin native who was hired during the offseason to replace the vacancy left when Clint Ashmore stepped down at the end of last season after three years guiding the team.
One thing evident, even from afar Tuesday: Davis is very interested in dialing up the tempo.
“Tempo and toughness,” he said when asked what he was looking to instill in his team this spring.
As for the players on the field, there were a lot of new faces.
Not a single quarterback who lined up under center Tuesday had ever taken a snap in a varsity game under the lights.
“We have two guys who are playing on the baseball team (which is in the state playoffs),” Davis said of Casey Moody and Powell Krepps, who split time at quarterback last season on the varsity.
Nonetheless, Davis and his staff — the majority of which worked under Ashmore — have wiped the slate clean since arriving.
“Like I told the kids: ‘Every position on the team is open,’” said Davis. “We will evaluate what they do this spring, this summer and, during preseason practices before making a decision on who starts a week or two before the opener.”
Spalding, which plays a preseason scrimmage Aug. 12 at Pike County, opens the regular season Aug. 26 against crosstown rival Griffin.
The Jags 10-day-long spring practice will conclude with the team’s annual Navy and Silver Game 6 p.m., May 20 at Memorial Stadium.
Admission is $3. Proceeds from the concession stand will go to benefit the school’s TD Booster Club
Date Opponent Time 8/12 @ Pike Co. 7:30
Date Opponent Time 8/26 Griffin 7:30 9/1 @ LaGrange 7:00 9/8 Drew 7:00 9/16 @ Stockbridge 7:30 9/23 Eastside 7:30 9/30 @ Eagle’s Landing 7:30 10/7 Jackson 7:30 10/14 @ Henry Co. 7:30 10/21 Sandy Creek 7:30 10/28 @ Locust Grove 7:30