Bulldogs take first steps under Hatten

Crestview football

A Crestview receiver and defensive back battle for position during Thursday’s practice.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Friday, May 3, 2013 at 04:25 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Rain greeted the Crestview High School football team Wednesday as the Bulldogs opened spring practice under new head coach Tim Hatten.

Hatten said the first day of practice was about what he expected, as the Bulldogs are learning how he wants things done and he is trying to fit his team together.

“We’ve got a long ways to go,” he said. “But you’ve got to remember they are doing something they are not accustomed to doing. And me, as a coach, I’m trying to figure what they can and cannot do.

“Right now, we (the coaches) are trying to make sure they (the players) understand where they are supposed to be. For the first few days they are not really going to know how to practice.”

As Hatten promised, Wednesday’s practice lasted two hours and was conducted at a fast pace as players and coaches quickly moved from one drill to the next.

After two hours of constant movement Hatten called the team together to take care of some team business and the players went to the locker room. There were no wind sprints or post-practice conditioning drills that are common with most coaches.

Hatten’s philosophy is by practicing fast and being in constant motion the conditioning will take care of itself. That’s not to say the players won’t run and condition during the summer, but this spring Hatten wants to spend as much practice time working on the nuts and bolts of football.

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