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Whitworth: Weight room will be key

New Glenwood Springs head football coach Rocky Whitworth has had a pretty good couple of weeks.First, while getting to know his new team at the Mesa State Football camp two weeks ago, he saw a pair of his players singled out for honors as the Demons placed second in the end-of-camp tournament. Then, on Wednesday, he carded his first-ever hole-in-one on the eighth hole at River Valley Ranch in Carbondale.”I was thrilled,” Whitworth said of his ace. “I haven’t played much at all in the last five years, maybe four or five times a summer.”He’s also been pretty happy with what he’s seen from next fall’s crop of Demon players.At the Mesa State Camp the Demon squad advanced to the finals before falling to Class 5A Lewis Palmer. Additionally, incoming senior Jake Mauldin earned the outstanding defensive back and receiver award and junior-to-be Boyd Milhorn captured the same honor at the linebacker position.Almost 30 Demon players attended the camp, giving Whitworth one of his first opportunities to witness his players in live action, but it’s still early.”I’ve just been watching film and beginning to evaluate players,” said Whitworth, who replaced Craig Denney after Denney resigned following last season. “It’s a new season and everybody’s got a fair chance to play or not to play.”I’m pleased with the way things are going at this point, but we have some big steps to take,” he added. “Probably the biggest step is in the weight room. We just need to be a little more physical to compete at that higher level.”The turnout for work on the weights has been solid so far this summer. The weight room is open to varsity athletes on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursday’s at 7 a.m. and incoming athletes at 8 a.m. Whitworth said the sessions have been averaging 30 players.”(They) are very enthusiastic and making the right steps,”Whitworth said of the weight training. “We need a good month of July in that room for us to really compete at the higher level.”Whitworth has also begun filling out his coaching staff. There are currently seven other coaches on staff including six holdovers from the previous staff in Denney, defensive coordinator Jeff Kelly, Jim Hoffman, Guy Brickell, Greg Greer and Pete Schaffner. Whitworth says he still has two or three positions to fill.The Demons continue their work in the weight room through the summer and also have seven-on-seven drills scheduled for Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Roaring Fork High School and again in July. Whitworth also plans a camp for Glenwood Springs High School and possibly middle school players Aug. 9-12.The Demons continue their work in the weight room through the summer and also have seven-on-seven drills scheduled for Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Roaring Fork High School and again in July. Whitworth also plans a camp for Glenwood Springs High School and possibly middle school players Aug. 9-12.


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