2013-11-08 / Sports

Wildcats have extra time to work with players in offseason

Ledger Sports Writer

Blacksburg coach Drew Chisholm Blacksburg coach Drew Chisholm Blacksburg head football coach Drew Chisholm will have an extra bowl season to work with returning players as he looks towards 2014.

The high school league has provided an additional winter practice period where coaches will be allowed to work with players. It provides a chance to introduce junior varsity players to the expectations of a football program and an opportunity for additional time with returning players.

Linebacker Alonso Davis and wide receiver Frankie Mode started all year as ninth graders and emerged as two of the team’s top playmakers.

Mode is the top returning receiver with nine catches for 99 yards and two touchdowns.

“We have a lot of players back who received valuable playing experience this season,” Chisholm said. “We have several young players we are really excited about. We are looking forward to the next couple of years.”

One of the team’s top priorities in the offseason is to find a starting quarterback to replace graduating senior Tyler Cobb. Cobb was the leading rusher and passer, accounting for 880 yards passing and 514 yards rushing.

“We have a couple players from the junior varsity we will need to develop,” Chisholm said.

Blacksburg, which went winless this season, does return its entire starting offensive line and most of its defensive line. Linemen Adam Lawhorn and Chris Prouty are part of a 17-member junior class which will serve as the core of the 2014 team.

Chisholm said he will start a leadership class in January and place an emphasis on getting bigger and stronger in the offseason. He is in the final stages of completing the 2014 schedule as part of his plan to rebuild the Wildcats football program.

“This is a group of kids that will work hard,” Chisholm said. “We had 97 percent of our kids make the required lifts before last season. Ninety percent of our players went above our expectations. There are only nine months left before kickoff. We can’t wait to get started.”

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