LIBERTY — Karrell Simpson possessed all the emotions when he was informed that Liberty High School’s first football practice was delayed due to heat.
“I actually was OK with it,” the senior defensive back said, “but I wanted to practice earlier at the same time because I was so ready for practice. ... That’s all I work for. I had a whole day that I wasn’t doing anything.”
Following a two-hour delay, the Blue Jays officially kicked off the 2019 fall practice slate on Monday, Aug. 12.
Simpson wasn’t alone with the mixed emotions.
“When I got that alert, I was like ‘man,’” junior linebacker Jalen Weston said. “I was ready to get out here because I’m ready to get to work. We’re all ready to go.”
Senior wide receiver Michael Book wasn’t opposed to the practice time change.
“First of all, I was mowing the lawn and thinking, ‘We have to practice in this?’” he said. “Then I got the text that practice was moved to 5:30 p.m. I was all right with that.”
Liberty went through drills in helmets and shorts.
“We’ll do a lot of reviewing, but at the same time get ready for our game two weeks from Friday,” Blue Jays coach Chad Frigon said of the first week of practice. “Every practice will be critical.”
For a handful of the players, it’s some of the last practices in a Liberty jersey.
“It’ll probably set it a little later that it’s my last Liberty football practice,” Book said.
In 2019, Liberty will look to replace multiple skill positions but they’ll have the luxury of returning all but one starter on the offensive and defensive lines.