Business is booming at Sprayberry.
Coach Brett Vavra said the Yellow Jackets are young, hungry and maturing. Now, it is just a matter of establishing a professional approach.
“We want to bring a business-like approach to the team,” Vavra said. “The start and end of practice will be board work. Once we get the system down, everything else will come together.
After a 3-7 season, Sprayberry lost close to 35 players to graduation. Another year of those players would have benefited the program, but Vavra has a plan.
“We have summer workouts for 3½ hours, four days a week,” he said. “This will allow the guys to improve in every aspect of their game. They will have the time to build chemistry with each other, while getting stronger and comfortable with the routine in place.”
Sprayberry has a lot to be excited about, as it will usher in a new quarterback, with Aaron Bibbins moving on to play safety at Army. Vavra has not announced a starter yet, but he gave some praise to Kyle Brown, who served as Bibbins’ backup last year, as well as to Dallin Cogbill.
“Kyle reads the defense extremely well,” Vavra said. “He processes information well and makes really good decisions with the football. Dallin hasn’t seen much playing time as Kyle, but he has some mobility and is able to extend plays. Both will battle it out for sure."
Vavra said he has a lot to look forward to over the summer, but running back Darnell Mundin’s arrival will be put on hold.
Mundin, an outfielder for the Sprayberry baseball team, suffered a knee injury during baseball season and will undergo surgery Monday to repair his meniscus. Mundin rushed for a team-high 662 yards and four touchdowns last season.
“Darnell played a huge role for us last season,” Vavra said. “It’s unfortunate that he got hurt, but we know he will be with us soon. He is another weapon we can use on the field.”
When Mundin returns, he will be a vital piece to help lead the team on the field. Until then, Vavra and the coaching staff want to push for the business culture.
“The way we prepare, talk and carry ourselves will get the best of our players,” Vavra said. “We have to conduct ourselves like it’s strictly business. They cannot be scared or nervous."