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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Coleman revamping Rambler offense

  • Rose Bud is drastically revamping its offensive philosophy this spring under first-year Coach Kevin Coleman, who is installing a Dead-T with the expectation of playing smash-mouth football.
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  • Rose Bud is drastically revamping its offensive philosophy this spring under first-year Coach Kevin Coleman, who is installing a Dead-T with the expectation of playing smash-mouth football.
    Coleman said it’s going to take time for the Ramblers to get comfortable with the new offensive strategy, but with the remainder of spring and summer camps ahead he expects the team to have a good grasp of the Dead-T by fall.
    “Offensively we are on A right now and we have been for two days now,” said Coleman. “When we get that mastered hopefully we go to B or what we call play No. 2. We are going to know play No. 1 in our sleep before we add anything else. We’ve got some summer camps in June and July that will help out. We just need to put in the offense one step at a time. There is not a lot to the offense. It’s pretty vanilla. Defensively we are going to be similar to what they did last year so there is going to be a lot of carry over.”
    In order to run the Dead-T, which is predicated on strong linemen and deceptive fakes and counter motion out of the backfield, Coleman said his team must get stronger. The Ramblers have been lifting before each practice.
    “Our biggest objective right now is the weight room. We’ve got to get a lot stronger,” said Coleman. “We don’t have any 500 or even 400 pound squatters right now. Physically we’ve got to get ourselves stronger.”
    Rose Bud running back Caleb Ferren broke the school rushing record last fall with over 1,000 yards and the senior appears to be a perfect fit in the middle of the Ramblers’ three-prong backfield.
     “Caleb Ferren is just one of those kids that is ‘Ok coach what else can I do.’ Him and Payton Jones in particular. If we asked them to do something they have gone that extra step and that is good to see.”
    Coleman said former receiver/defensive back Sam McGrand has been receptive to moving to tight end, where blocking is key. “He has moved to tight end and we ask our tight ends to block most of the time. He has been really receptive. Sam has been a good leader. He is at the front of the line in every drill. He is a yes sir, no sir guy. He has been a really good example for us,” added Coleman.
    The Ramblers ran a spread attack based around the running game the past five years under former Coach Steve Rose.
    “These kids have never been around a Dead-T. Now they know what a T looks like. As a matter of fact they know most of the letters of the alphabet,” Coleman joked. “It’s just different. Coach Rose did a good job you can tell these kids have been doing things right. It’s just different from an offensive lineman point of view. Getting in a stance and coming off the football it’s more physical. I am really looking forward to getting the spring over with and getting to a couple of camps. You can’t tell how good you are practicing against yourself.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Rose Bud has 28 players out this spring. Junior Jake Cantey is taking first team repetitions at quarterback. He worked on a variety of fakes, keeps, option pitches and short passes at Wednesday’s practice.

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