Hatten: Staying healthy, increasing game's knowledge top priorities

Published: Friday, July 11, 2014 at 05:40 PM.

Hatten said the Bulldogs have played some 7-on-7 games and he will try to get them a few more of the passing games before fall camp starts, but he doesn’t put as much stock on the passing games as some of his coaching colleagues.

“They (7-on-7 games) are good,” he said. “They’ve got a purpose and value to different programs and different coaches, but they just don’t have a lot of value to me. We don’t get all fired up in those rah, rah competitions of 7-on-7 that are usually glorified fundraisers.

“That’s just not something we do. And the last time I checked, we didn’t play touch football.”

With the final days of summer drills winding down, Hatten’s biggest concern is keeping players healthy.

“If we can just stay healthy, keep moving forward (increasing knowledge), keep having good attendance and kids showing up and staying interested, that’s the main thing,” he said.

“Football will take care of itself in August. It always does.”

Randy Dickson is the Crestview News Bulletin’s sports editor. Email him at randyd@crestviewbulletin.com, tweet him @BigRandle, or call 682-6524.

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