Culture shifts for start of FHS football practices

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It’s not just about X’s and O’s for the Billies’ football training camp this year.

It’s about doing it for the culture.

The theme for the start of Fredericksburg High School’s football practices, beginning Monday, Aug. 7, is building a better team-wide atmosphere during the first weeks of practice in 2017.

“Our big thing this year is going to be our culture,” FHS head football coach Lance Moffett said. “There’s not a specific football skill, play or scheme. I don’t think any of that matters until our culture’s right.

“What I mean by our culture being right is that we’re going to focus on doing things right and giving great effort … We’re going to focus on the intangible things that will help us be successful.”

Fredericksburg’s looking to improve on last season’s 4-7 record, including 1-4 in District 14-4A DI play and a loss to Waco La Vega in bi-district.

Hearing Big 12 Conference newcomers Tom Herman and Matt Rhule, who took the Texas Longhorns’ and Baylor Bears’ head football coaching jobs, respectively, speak at coaching clinics this summer helped Moffett and the Billies’ coaching staff realize they were on the right track for the season.

“It was affirming because I think a lot of the things they talked about we’re already doing,” Moffett said. “Just re-emphasizing those things and finding ways to measure those things — how do you measure effort? You can tell when a kid’s not giving effort, so what do you do to hold the kid accountable for his effort? I learned some ways to do it.”

The circle drill, which Herman learned from Urban Meyer’s Ohio State practices and brought to Texas during his days leading the Houston Cougars, will make its debut in Fredericksburg.

The team lines up in a circle around two other players, who go head-to-head to prove which player is the strongest.

Moffett’s also looking for the coaches to interact with players during pre-practice warm-ups, something he took away from a Texas Longhorns practice he visited in the spring.

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