The day before Southmoore's spring football practices started, first-year SaberCats head coach Jeff Brickman pulled quarterback Tre Edwards into his office.
Brickman wanted to go over Southmoore's offense with the senior-to-be and get him up to speed on anything he might've forgotten since the last season.
“It really surprised me how much of the offense he still remembered,” Brickman said. “It was almost like he'd just gotten off the field even though he'd been through a long baseball season.
“We were able to pick up where we left off.”
Edwards was banged up for part of last season and has spent a lot of time since then working on his foot speed.
“He's not the fastest quarterback in the world but he's one of the better guys I've seen in the read game with the zone read,” Brickman said.
Edwards has also emphasized improving the deep ball and reading defenses.
“Everything's kind of challenging with that,” he said. “It's pretty tough going up against our defense, and I think that'll help me out.”
Last season, the SaberCats went 5-6, falling in the first round of the playoffs.
Chris Jensen, the team's head coach since the program's inception in 2008, left to take the head coaching job at Oklahoma Baptist. Brickman, an assistant under Jensen, was promoted.
Brickman cut spring football down to seven days from 10 and has given the SaberCats some time off before summer workouts begin.
“I think he brings a little bit more of a vibe to the team,” Edwards said of Brickman. “He's a little bit younger.
“We had a great time practicing.”
While Brickman may have given his team some extra time to rest, Edwards is already thinking about putting some of his teammates through extra work.
“After summer pride, three or four times a week, we're staying with the receivers and some of the defensive players to work on 7-on-7,” Edward said. “We want to stay for about an hour and a half and keep getting better.
“(Senior tight end) Jackson Stallings and I came up with the idea. It's our senior year and we want to go out the right way.”
Brickman has seen plenty of other examples of the evolution of Edwards' leadership.
“He's a big-time competitor,” Brickman said. “Sometimes in the past, he'd get frustrated at times if somebody dropped a ball or missed a block. We've really been working with him to stay positive when things don't go his way. Now, he's not pointing a finger at anybody. He's in there encouraging them and picking them up when something doesn't go right.
“He's getting a little more mature. You've got to be pretty calm as a quarterback and he's definitely getting better and better.”