posted Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007 @ 3:39 pm
K.G. Watkins understands the word "interim" that currently precedes his role as head football coach at Ferriday High. But Watkins also understands he has a job to do.
Watkins is currently serving as interim head football coach at Ferriday during spring training.
The school is taking applications for the position after James McFarland resigned to take a junior high coaching job in Monroe.
Watkins said he was originally interested in taking the boys basketball coaching job after James Davis resigned to become principal at Ferriday Junior High. But he says a chance to be head football coach would be even better.
"Right now we're just trying to do the things to keep this program moving forward," he said. "At this point we're doing things to get ready for the season. If a new coach is named, we will change the system. But it would not be fair to these players not to prepare them for the upcoming season. We'll be in a new district with a lot of question marks. We'll be doing a lot of scouting over the summer. But what's important right now are these kids. Ferriday football has some great kids with a number of them having the ability to go to the next level. I want to help give them to chance to get there. I love the idea of helping these kids. Ferriday football is a tough house, but the top priority is the kids."
Watkins said the numbers have fluctuated, but he has had as many as 52 out since practice began last week. The Trojans are now in pads and will conclude the 15-day practice period at the end of next week.
"We're just trying to get everybody on the same page," Watkins said. "We're doing a lot of the same things, but then we have some new things we're putting in. We hope we can have about 45 out. The deeper you are, the stronger you are."
Watkins said he has seven seniors coming back capable of playing at the next level and that is part of his responsibilities, as well.
"We're getting their times, weight and height and everything in order because this is the time of year college recruiters come by," he said. "We want to make sure our kids have a fair shot."