Monticello Football Begins Practice With New Head Coach
Monticello head coach Jeff Woody
The high school football regular season kicks off in four weeks for most of the teams in Central Virginia.
Thursday was the first day of practice for many teams in the public school ranks, as allowed by the Virginia High School League.
The football team at Monticello was one of the first on the field Thursday, starting practice a little after 9 AM.
The Mustangs have a new head coach this season.
Jeff Woody comes from Brookville High School in Lynchburg, where he won back-to-back state championships the past two years.
He'll need to replace three-year starting quarterback Jhalil Mosley this season, as the former Mustang is now at William & Mary.
Woody coached Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas at Brookville, but doesn't see a Thomas-type QB on the roster quite yet.
"I wish," says Woody. "Having a Logan Thomas makes you a good football coach. We have some great athletes out here that can fill the role of the great quarterbacks that have been at Monticello in the past. I think the system favors the quarterback. We're still competing a little bit to see who's going to take that position, but we have our eyes set on the ones that we want."
Senior wide receiver/safety Josh Malm says, "We had some guys leave, and we have some guys stepping up, but that's what everyone has to do. We have to step up, be a team, work together, and we should be good to go."
Woody says he likes what he's seen so far with the Mustangs.
"We have some size in the right places," says the new coach. "It's just going to take some time for everybody to understand the offensive and defensive concepts, because they're new. But they love football, so it's going to be easier for them to pick it up."
Malm says, "You gotta to get used to it, but coach Woody has been around all last year, and all summer, so we're used to him, and we're good to go. Nothing new, nothing nervous, nothing too out of the ordinary, so we're ready to go with what he has planned for us."
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