Gulf Shores: Gulf Shores : Tigers doing more skill work

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Gulf Shores : Tigers doing more skill work

T.R. Miller Tigers football coach Jamie Riggs did not make many changes to his summer workout schedules for several years.

That has changed a little bit the last couple of summers with the evolvement of seven-on-seven competition.

“We probably do more skill work than we used to do and a little less outdoor conditioning. I don't know if one thing is better than the other. We're probably doing about the same amount of work. We've just exchanged one area for another,” Riggs said.

Riggs returned to work with the Tigers at the start of summer workouts after he underwent double bypass heart surgery the last week of April.

“I feel good. The summer has given me a chance to gradually work my way back. It's given me a chance to get acclimated to working again,” Riggs said.

Riggs said the Tigers two-days-a-week program during the summer usually draws about 90-95 percent player participation. Sessions run two hours in length.

“We've got just over 50 varsity players involved in the program. Most days we get about 45 to 48 players. There are always going to be days where somebody has to miss for some reason, but those players make up that work when they come back,” Riggs said.

T.R. Miller also has a combined 45 freshmen and Brewton Middle School players involved in summer workouts.

“We've gotten good participation form those players this year. I like mixing the freshmen in with the BMS kids. It gives them a chance to work together. Those players are going to be the core group of our varsity in a few years,” Riggs said. “We teach the freshmen and middle school players how to lift weights and what techniques they need to use. We also do some skill work with them.”

T.R. Miller sent 25 players to a seven-on-seven competition at Gulf Shores.

“We did well there considering we didn't put a lot of emphasis on it in the days leading up to the competition. We went 2-0-1 with wins over Spanish Fort and Robertsdale plus a tie against Gulf Shores,” Riggs said.

T.R. Miller's biggest activity for the remainder of the summer is next week's Offensive Skills Camp.

“It's a three-day camp where we'll work on various offensive drills and techniques. We'll also probably try to install a little bit of our offensive schemes,” Riggs said.

The T.R. Miller skipper said a change he is appreciative is the Alabama High School Athletic Association's decision to allow players to use helmets during summer work.

“Seven-on-seven led to the change. It's a good change. It's decreased the risk of head injuries immensely. Player can run with a lot less worry about colliding heads with another player,” Riggs said.

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