Practice begins for Marietta football team

The Marietta Tigers football team is in search of a new identity.

Having suffered through eleven consecutive losing seasons on the gridiron, rookie head coach Jason Schob decided the team needed to find a new way of doing things.

“I’ve said it to the kids probably 100 times. They’re probably getting sick of hearing it, but my big saying this year is “Change the culture,” Schob said Monday during the Tigers’ first official team practice of the season. “Marietta football hasn’t been real successful for a long period of time and we’re trying to change that. We’re pushing the kids further than they have been in the past to develop leadership with them. I think the kids are doing a really good job with it.”

Schob, Marietta’s offensive coordinator last year, decided to switch things up a bit this season on the offensive side of the ball, implementing a scheme that will put more emphasis on the ground game.

“We’ve actually modified the offense quite a bit,” Schob said. “We’re gonna be a little more run-heavy and we’re gonna use a lot of motion and misdirection and run traditional wing-T plays with a few wrinkles.

“We have our complete offense in at this point. The kids have done a great job of picking it up. Now we’re in the fine-tuning stage. We’re gonna try and work in all the wrinkles and stuff like that.”

As the team grows comfortable with the offense, the battle for who will run it is a big storyline going into the season. Monday, junior John Henry and sophomore Trent Dawson both took equal repetitions under center and Schob said both will get a fair shot at winning the job.

“It’s definitely an open competition right now,” he said. “We’re trying to split reps a little bit. Each quarterback brings different, positive aspects to the table. So we’re gonna have to evaluate the scrimmages and go from there.”

The Tigers practiced in shorts and tee shirts Monday and will do so again today. They will put shoulder pads on Wednesday and Thursday before going with full pads on Friday. The team will get to hit for the first time Friday night at “Midnight Madness”, which will include an intrasquad scrimmage.

It all leads up to the team’s first game Aug. 29 at Morgan, when Schob is hoping to see the start of a brand new culture for Marietta football.