There’s a positive air of anticipation surrounding Greenbrier High School football.
Not what you might expect for a school coming off an 0-10 2013 season, but the hiring of former Lakeside head coach Jarrett Troxler last spring seemingly re-energized the program.
Troxler, who led the Panthers to the state playoffs the past three seasons, downplays his effect.
“Anytime there’s change there’s excitement,” Troxler said. “I doubt it’s me, it’s probably just the fresh philosophy on things may have gotten the excitement back up and now it’s my job to keep it up.”
Senior Allen Walls, who quarterbacked the Wolfpack last year, returns to his natural position at wide receiver. He credits the arrival of Troxler and a fresh start with a noticeable change across the board.
“It’s the level of intensity,” Walls said. “Also commitment, motivation. I mean everything’s improved. I can see a lot of it in all the guys. They’re enthusiastic, motivated. It’s fun.”
While Troxler won’t run the same offense he ran at Lakeside, it will still retain certain elements such as playing with urgency. Senior wide receiver Warren Coombs thinks the pace is helping the team become crisper.
“We’ll be more effective in plays,” Coombs said. “When we rep the plays at practice we’re getting them done a whole lot faster, the speed of the plays are going to be done faster and the amount of plays we get during the game is going to be a whole lot faster. Everything is faster.”
After a year away, senior Adam Sasser returns at quarterback, while senior running back Jamal Richard is one of the fastest players he’s coached, Troxler says.
To protect his backfield, Troxler will be relying on a young line.
“Offensively, we’re very young up front,” said Troxler. “We’re looking at a bunch of sophomores and juniors and one senior. We’re very young up front but we’ve got decent size and they’re getting stronger in the weight room. It’s awesome for the future but we’re throwing some young guys on the fire.”
Defensively, Troxler mentions senior Jarod Hudson on the line, junior linebacker Caleb Culverhouse and thinks his secondary can be his best unit.
“We did some 7-on-7s over the summer and they’ve been one of our most consistent positions in camp so I’m excited about them, Troxler said.
Troxler knows what happens in the summer and in preseason camp is just a prelude.
“The real test will be when we open up at Harlem and when we hit that first region game down in Warner Robins.”