Over the next couple weeks we will take you inside training camp of your favorite Delco team. For full reports on every team, make sure to check out our annual football preview guide, due out Aug. 30.
1. Trying to kick an old habit
Despite the fact that the football team always seems to ooze athleticism, the Battlin’ Bulls never seem to be able to lock down a consistent kicker until right before the first game. The main reason? They’re busy trying to see if the soccer team can provide one, and it usually does. Head coach Kevin Owens doesn’t have anyone in mind yet, but… “The soccer team’s finding me a kicker,” Owens said with a hearty laugh. “They’re working on it.”
2. Some pretty big bigs
Owens always finds a way to produce top-notch running backs, including Baltimore Ravens second-round pick Bernard Pierce a few years ago and All-Delco George Walker last year. There might not be one as good as those two, but it might not matter. The Bulls always have a huge offensive line, and this one’s anchored by 6-2, 290-pound Frank Thompson at right tackle and 6-3, 327-pound left tackle in…wait for it…freshman (!!) R.A. Thomas. Safe to say that those two suit Owens’ power running scheme pretty well.
3. A veteran under center
He’s the lone returnee on the team, and quarterback Alexander Cheatham takes over full-time under center. After mainly lining up in the I, the ace and the shotgun for, well, a long time, Cheatham says the Bulls will incorporate some of the pistol formation into their playbook this year. “It helps me see the field better,” Cheatham said of the pistol, “especially with those big linemen in front of me.”