2011 wasn't kind to the Capital Cougars. They finished the year at 5-5 and lost the last three games of the year. The Cougars have put that season behind them and they're now focused on this season.
"We made an excuse on why we fell apart last year for the last 300 some odd days," Capital Head Coach Jon Carpenter said. "So it feels good to be able to redeem ourselves a little bit and play and make things better."
Capital is still undecided at the quarterback position. But Coach Carpenter has four solid options that he'd like to see under center.
"Carrington Morris ended up playing have the year for us last year," Carpenter said. "Jordan Kenny is a sophomore. He's earned a chance to play some. And we've got two 9th graders. "
One of the Cougars strengths this year will be at their skilled positions. Capital returns the majority of their quick and athletic receiving and running back core.
"We've got a lot of fast players," Capital senior free safety Davon Tyson added. "James Richmond, Kayshawn Haley, myself...Yeah, I think we'll be good at speed."
Capital has just five seniors on this year's squad so the guys won't have very many seniors to look up to. So naturally, seniors like Davon Tyson knows he has to step up his game and leadership.
"Since my sophomore year, they've been trying to tell me that I was the leader of the defense at free safety," Tyson said. "So, I think I have to go even harder just to let the team know that I got to."
For the second straight year, the Cougars are loaded with underclass. However, they do have 20 returning players. But coach Carpenter knows he'll still have to deal with some growing pains this year.
"It's exciting being so young," Carpenter said. "It's like opening a present on Christmas, we don't what we got yet. It will be a little bit until we figure it out."