With the first day of summer camp at hand Monday, members of Blue Devil Nation are about to embark on a whole new football world — for the fifth time in the last eight seasons.
But first-year Davis High coach John Wiley — former defensive coordinator at Christian Brothers — is confident. He loves his kids, their enthusiasm and believes his charges have a done a terrific job growing during spring passing leagues.
Wiley, who expects to greet a small-but-jacked turnout of around 35 varsity hopefuls, will conduct two-a-day sessions Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Tuesday and Thursday workouts (5-8 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m. to noon) also are on the agenda.
“We’re installing a whole new offense and a whole new defense,” Wiley explains, adding that he and his almost-intact coaching staff from last season “spent a lot of time trying to get our guys caught up on the offensive side of the ball.”
Devil spring camps featured workouts against cat-quick Sacramento and Burbank high schools, among others.
“There was a purpose behind doing that,” said the ex-All-SEC defensive back at Auburn. “We wanted … to get our kids familiar with speed of a Sac High because that’s the kind of speed we’re going to see in our league.”
Each of the past two falls, DHS has gone 5-5. But the Delta Valley Conference has been one giant pothole.
Since Davis last made the playoffs in 2007 (under coach Jim Johnson), the Blue Devils have gone a collective 6-24 in league.
With the addition of Pleasant Grove, Sheldon and Jesuit to the DVC, things only are expected to get tougher once conference rolls around.
Wiley is hopeful …
“Our players have done a great job of adapting. We’re trying to tailor our style to fit what our kids do best. I know one thing going into (Monday) — we’ll be in great shape.”
Notes: The Devils open Sept. 5 at home with Tri-County Conference power River Valley (6-5 in 2013). The Falcons will come to town with one game under their belt (Aug. 29 vs. Oakhurst). Vintage (5-5) is at Brown Stadium on Sept. 12 before DHS hits the road to Stockton to play Edison (7-4). … Parents of varsity and junior varsity Blue Devil players — and prospective players grades 9-12 and their families — are asked to attend a mandatory meeting at 6 p.m. Sunday in the DHS Library. The coaching staffs will be introduced and Wiley will provide a rundown of expectations for 2014. … Mike Satre returns as JV coach.
— Reach Bruce Gallaudet at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-320-4456.