There are several great things about the 2018 Lufkin Panther football team that I want to point out that may not have been talked about very much. It's true we return a whole bunch of players from last year's 2017 team that went 11-3 and deep in the playoffs, but the difference this year in many respects, is how improved the team is overall, both speed-wise and size-wise from last year's team. Those guys really worked extremely hard in the offseason with a driven purpose to come back stronger and finish what they started last year. This is really good group of seniors that will immensely help this group go a long way. Other Improvement areas not talk about much is our overall depth as as a team, we are much deeper in several positions than we were last year, especially on the defensive lines, linebackers, Offensive lines and wide receivers. We have three or four guys they can run the ball this year, where we had just one or two last year. Have a second year returning quarterback in Thomas that's going to help us too, but the good thing is we also have two really good backups for him. We have Jordan Moore who will be a sophomore, who's already been in the system, has really progressed in the off-season and unless something serious happens, he will be heading up the JV as starting quarterback there so He can get plenty of live action reps, opposed to standing on the sidelines on the varsity. He is already being noticed by some scouts in combines, he is the heir apparent to Thomas. Then we have a kid named Stephens, who is a real good backup quarterback/TE, he transferred back to Lufkin this year for his senior year after playing elsewhere the last couple years, I think someone told me Atascocita. (Someone please check me on this) We have always been fortunate to have three or four good players every year, to come into our system, that are able to help the team during the season. This year is no exception. The sheer size of our defensive fronts, linebackers and offensive line folks is quite impressive. You can tell that many put in a lot of work during the offseason and you know that's going to pay off during the season. We are loaded at wide receiver this year and I for one didn't see that coming, but we've got a lot of kids that can catch the ball and go. Anyway, maybe all you guys can come out next week to Abe Martin and watch the kids go at it with their scrimmage with Huntsville. Something to look forward to the rest of the year. You probably won't see much of the first teams players but it looks like the backups are pretty fun to watch too. All starts next Friday. Go Panthers!