After keeping fit all summer, players got down to business Tuesday in Chickasha's first practice as a team this summer ahead of the 2013 season.
Morning rain gave way to sunny skies in time for ninth through twelfth grade to hit the practice field full-force that afternoon. Each player was put through their paces by the Fightin' Chicks coaching staff with regular water breaks and the thought that everyone has a shot at a starting spot.
"Every position is open," head coach Tom Cobble, in his third year with Chickasha, said. "There are frontrunners, but we'll give everybody a chance to show us what they've got."
Frontrunners include quarterback Cade Morris, who in his senior year is looking to put past injury worries firmly behind him to have a full season leading the Chicks forward. Running-back Tresjon Davis, also a senior, is another player expected to receive plenty of playing time, but sophomore Dalvin Madison is also expected to get a few carries of his own.
Many players will see action on both sides of the ball this year, Cobble has said, making fitness all the more important ahead of the first game on Sept. 6 against Anadarko.
"Most of the guys are in good shape, since they've been working out with us all summer," Cobble said. "There are a couple of new guys that moved in late, and we'll just have to bring them along."
Teams across Oklahoma were allowed to begin practicing on Monday, and Friday, players will be allowed to don shoulder pads.
"The real work starts on Friday," Cobble said.