Thursday, May 22, 2008

Interview with GCT's Jeff Conaway

Jeff Conaway, first time head coach at Greene County Tech (GCT), was interviewed about his new job and the value of 7-on-7 with what he is trying to accomplish at GCT.

Arkansas Football Bloggers (AFB): In trying to implement the spread offense from scratch, what has been your biggest challenge?

Jeff Conaway (JC): The biggest challenge has been introducing a new offensive mentality, teaching new concepts, and trying to execute new plays. We were fortunate to begin installing the offense in February. This gave us a head start going into spring. However, the rhythm and timing of the offense is something that comes with repetition.

AFB: Obviously with the number of players you have coming out, the kids are excited about you and your offense at GCT. How many players do you have participating in football, and what do you think they are the most excited about?

JC: We have approximately 80 players. Many are first time football players and are still trying to figure things out. I believe the offense is exciting. These boys watch college football and they see every team running the spread and throwing the football. I believe they want to do the same. The spread offense allows many players to get involved in the action. I also think they are excited about our summer plans with team camp and our 7-on-7 tournaments.

AFB: Anytime somebody comes in and brings something new, along with the excitement, there will also be some doubters. What sort of negative have you heard from different people about some of the things you are trying to do at GCT?

JC: We are trying to build a successful football program. The town of Paragould has never seen a prestigious football program and our challenge is great. In order to build a successful football program many things must happen. It takes a huge commitment from coaches, players, parents, school, and the community. There are some doubters. However, we believe we can build a program that is successful.

AFB: How has 7-on-7 helped in your implementation thus far?

JC: 7-on-7 is a great tool for learning how to execute the passing game. It has accelerating our learning and our excitement. The boys love playing it and they become better football players when they participate in 7-on-7.

AFB: To add to your previous answer, what are some of your goals you want to have accomplished after a full summer schedule of 7-on-7 competition?

JC: I would like to be able to compete with some of the great 7-on-7 teams in Arkansas. I do not think there is any reason that we cannot play with the big boys. We have a very good QB and some size and speed at receiver. I think we will have a very good 7-on-7 football team.

AFB: What do you think are the most positive aspects of 7-on-7 football competitions?

JC: I think the competition is the greatest reward. I love it that our football players have an opportunity to compete throughout the summer. I also think that our timing between quarterback and receivers improves drastically. And finally, I believe it helps our linebackers and DB's learn to effectively cover a receiver and properly defend the pass.

AFB: Coach Conaway, thank you for taking the time to answer our questions. Good luck this summer and next season!

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