On Aug. 17, the Union Daily Times will present the first ever Football Preview in the form of a magazine insert. In the preview, readers will find a compilation of articles, photos, schedules and other useful tools providing insight on the 2012 season, along with entertaining pieces that will not only inspire, but will also get the adrenaline pumping and fire you up for football.
Additional teasers over the next two weeks will offer more subtle sneak peeks into the Union County 2012 season. However, these will just be snippets of what to expect.
The following is a glimpse of the feature presentation.
“Here in the upstate, things don’t change much…Fall means football season.” Linda Jones, Radio (2003 film).
As the summer draws to a close we get a little restless awaiting that all-important first Friday night that marks the start of football season — the night when those stadium lights are switched on and our team takes to the gridiron for week one.
Fortunately, we won’t have to wait much longer.
Last Friday, with exactly one month left before kickoff, at precisely 8 p.m., the Yellow Jackets suited up for their first official practice of the 2012 season.
After a rigorous summer schedule filled with 7-on-7s, lineman challenges and up-tempo, fast-paced workouts, one might think that Head Coach Steve Taneyhill would shift gears and settle into neutral for a couple of weeks before the month of August, but one would be wrong.
While “dead week” gave players a break before the first official practice, Taneyhill was in full throttle with one thing on his mind — football.
“He throws himself out there and does whatever it takes,” said Offensive Coordinator Ryan Young, who has worked with Taneyhill for over 11 years. “He’s high energy and that spills over to the players and the coaches. Every single time we’re on the field, it’s the most exciting time that we can have — we can’t wait — It’s emotional…It’s ups and downs and you’re gonna put your heart and soul in it and that’s what Coach Taneyhill wants.”
Both Young and Taneyhill believe that the team is feeding off the energy provided by the vivacious coaching staff which makes for a motivated, amped up Yellow Jackets squad.
“I think teams take on the identity of how the coaches are,” said Taneyhill. “We’re gonna be a spirited group. That shows by the effort that the kids have given this summer. There’s a level of intensity that you can see as soon as you walk onto the field.”
Intensity — It’s a crucial element and it is present on this 2012 team.
We’ve peeled back the first layer of a single onion. On Aug. 17 we’ll go through the entire bag.