By: Kenny Morales | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
July 28, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Despite getting off to a 3-4 start a season ago, the Florida High Seminoles caught fire at just the right time and won four straight games en route to clinching a district title.
Returning under center for the Seminoles is sophomore Bryson Hill, who head coach Jarrod Hickman said has developed his game in all aspects.
"He has experience now," Hickman said at this past week's Big Bend Media Day. "Last year he had no experience and everything was a first for him, so so far he has had a really good year. A really good off season."
When asked if he thinks the Seminoles are ready to play for a state title, Will Haigler told the Big Bend media that "Our guys love to compete, and it translates when they get on the field."
"We know we can depend on the sophomores and juniors to back us up," added Kevin Sawyer when asked about the depth the Seminoles have in 2017.
Below, you can view the Florida High transcript from WCTV's Media Day live blog. If you missed anything from Media Day, you can visit the live blog by clicking here.
Florida High is represented by head coach Jarrod Hickman, Kevin Sawyer, Jr. Dejay Robinson and Will Haigler
Coach Hickman's opening statement
"We're coming off of another pretty good year, another regional final. We're still trying to chase that mountain top, and we think we have a pretty good team this year so we're excited to get started. We've had a good summer, but now it's about putting things together for a good season."
Coach Hickman on staying healthy
"We think we're a good football team, but injuries are the one thing that you can't control that can slow us down. And last year, it did slow us down. Once we weathered that storm last year, we got hot at the right time. I don't think it'll be different this year - if we stay healthy, we'll have a great year. We feel we're as good as anybody."
Players on what it'll take to reach the state championship
Sawyer - "We depend on the juniors and sophomores to back us up."
Haigler - "Our guys love to compete, and it translates when they get on the field."
Coach Hickman on lessons learned from last year
"We didn't play a bad game in the playoffs, we lost to the eventual state champs. But this year, we're bringing back veterans at skill positions. We don't have a lot of depth, but we are putting the work in. We just want to be consistent throughout the year."
Coach Hickman on having young players with experience
"It's huge. So many of our guys have played so many different roles. For us, we've had a lot of guys who have played in a lot of big games with experience and I think it'll work out for us. I'm excited about what we can do."
Coach Hickman on his expectations for the QB play in 2017
"Last year, he was getting comfortable. One thing he's learning this year is that he doesn't have to do it all. He's learning that all he has to do is distribute the ball to all the different athletes he has."