Jeff Frady has been in the business long enough to know that he won’t start and finish the summer with these same kind of numbers.
But it’s worth noting that Enka’s third-year coach has handed out 95 helmets for prospective varsity and junior varsity football players.
Instead of seven available linemen, the Jets now expect to have 15 when they open their season Aug. 21 at home against Owen.
Enka had a 1-10 record last fall and is still aiming for its first winning season since 1997, but apparently enthusiasm has not waned.
“We’re in the middle of a linemen camp and I’ve got 30 other kids wanting to come in and practice on an unscheduled day,” Frady said.
“This is a hard-working group. And they’ve all bought in.”
Rising senior running back/safety Michael Cantrell agreed.
“We’re more of a team than we have been in the past,” Cantrell said.
“We’ve got some good athletes on this team and a lot more depth than before.”
Enka has a dozen starters back from last year (five offense, seven defense) and returning quarterback Jason Fabio (153 yards and no touchdowns with one interception in 2014) is expected to man the controls of the Jets’ spread offense once again. The team will run a 4-2 defense.
Rising senior Bryson Buckner was named to the Citizen-Times All-WNC Baseball team last month. He has played independent football in the past, but is joining Enka’s roster for the first time as a linebacker and tight end.