McElroy pleased with Elks efforts
After one week of practice, Burleson football coach Gary McElroy has liked what he has seen from the 2019 version of the Elks.
The UIL has loosened up restriction and this season, allowing teams that participated in spring workouts to get into pads faster than in years past.
Several players have drawn the coaches attention including junior defensive lineman Ryan Patino and sophomore cornerback Tre Allison. The Elks need depth on the defensive line and Allison is penciled in as a starter at cornerback. Burleson graduated both starting cornerbacks in May.
“Tre has been plenty aggressive,” McElroy said. “There have been a host of characters that have stood out and showed us something.”
The Elks lone scrimmage is slated for 7 p.m. Friday against Birdville at the Birdville Fine Arts and Athletic Complex.
The scrimmage will be Burleson’s lone test before opening the season Aug. 30 at Copperas Cove.
McElroy said he wants to see his squad limit their mental mistakes and show crisp execution against someone other than themselves at a fast pace on Friday night.
“We need to see some physicality on both sides of the ball,” McElroy said. “You aren’t going to get to see a ton of stuff from the controlled scrimmage, There just aren’t enough plays to get a lot out of it.”
McElroy said the key for the scrimmage is to come out healthy.
The format of the controlled portion of the scrimmage will be several sets of plays alternating between the first and second teams. The scrimmage will close with one quarter of play.