Spring football practice got under way for the East Jackson Eagles last week, as around 120 kids came out, according to head football coach Frank Caputo.
Caputo said of those, about 82 are returning from last year.
In their initial spring practice last year, Caputo said 95 to 98 kids came out as the Eagles prepared for their inaugural football season.
With their sophomore season ahead, the Eagles are working to see what shape they will be in when the summer months roll around.
“We’re basically just looking and working on fundamentals, and trying to figure out who will be where when summer starts,” Caputo said. “But we’re working on our fundamentals, our blocking, our tackling, catching, running, that kind of thing.”
Caputo says he’s seen improvement over the past year.
“We’re moving along,” he said. “I’m not going to say we look like world beaters or anything like that, but we’re definitely improving. We’ve definitely seen some improvement over last year.”
The Eagles went 5-5 in their first season. With the loss of nine seniors, the team will be looking towards its rising players to step up in 2008, and try to move the program forward.