Pigskin Preview: Brady Eagles
Eagles coach Andy Seamann believes he has a talented group of players, but they don't have much game experience.
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - For the last few years, the Brady roster has been pretty consistent. However, the Eagles starting lineup will be almost entirely new in 2020, with just one returning starter on offense, and three returners on defense.
The Eagles had eight seniors in 2019, and on an eight-man team, replacing that many players is tough.
“The biggest thing we need to replace is that experience and that leadership,” said head coach Andy Seamann. “The seniors that graduated last year, most of them were three and four year starters, so these guys haven’t had that opportunity to start.”
Players on this year’s team have some game experience, getting playing time in the Eagles’ wins last season, but they don’t have much experience, and have logged little play time in close games.
“We try to do everything we can in practice to replicate those game experiences, but some of those things you’re just going to have to learn on the fly,” Seamann said.
However, the players who will have an expanded role in 2020 are excited for their chance to prove themselves.
“I’m excited with this group. We’re young, but we’re getting closer together as a team,” said junior quarterback Shane Most. “We’re young but we’ll still fight as hard as we can and not give up on anything.”
“All the seniors now, we’re pretty inexperienced,” said senior running back Hunter Lovitt. “We just have to try and fill those spaces that the other guys left.”
Seamann believes his players have the talent to replace the players they lost last season, but he doesn’t want this year’s players trying to be last year’s seniors.
“They don’t need to try to be a T.J. Roe from last year at quarterback, or Thomas Most on line. They don’t have to be that person, I want them to be themselves, work hard, that is their position,” Seamann said.
Shane Most will be the team’s starting quarterback, replacing the school’s all-time passing yards, passing touchdowns, and total yards leader in T.J. Roe. Most was the back up to Roe last season, played in some games, and Seamann is confident with him leading the Eagles’ offense in 2020.
“He’s done some hard work, and he’s worked hard over the summer. I’m excited to see how he steps up in the game,” Seamann said.
Most and the rest of the Eagles will not have an easy schedule in 2020, with seven of their eight games coming against playoff teams in 2019. The first two games of the season are at D2 state runner-up Pleasanton, and hosting Lincoln County rival Maxwell.
“We’re learning how to swim the John Wayne style, we’re getting thrown into the deep end,” Seamann said. “You can go one of two ways, you can learn to get better from it and take those experiences and get better, or you can drown.”
“It’s going to be tough, we know that, but we’re all looking forward to doing it,” Lovitt said.
Brady 2020 schedule
8/28 @ Pleasanton
9/11 Garden County
9/17 @ Maywood-Hayes Center
10/02 @ Medicine Valley
10/15 @ Loomis
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