Two-a-Days: Lincoln High School preseason outlook

By: Asher Wildman | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
July 26, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Lincoln Trojans have captured 19 straight district titles. The last time someone topped the Trojans for a district crown was 1998.

However, 2017 sees a coaching change for LHS. Head Coach Yusuf Shakir is no longer at the helm of his alma mater after he accepted the same position at Manatee.

That means former FAMU quarterback Quinn Gray will be leading the Trojans.

Addressing the media this past week at Big Bend Media Day, Coach Gray said his team is ready for the upcoming campaign.

"We’re looking forward into going to the 2017 season. it’s been a tremendous off season for us this summer," Coach Gray said. "Guys have been working tremendously hard to make sure we’re ready for the vigor of the season.”

Gray also said he and his staff got together once he was named head coach to get to work immediately, prior to a spring game to get back in pads before summer workouts.

Below, you can view the Lincoln transcript from WCTV's Media Day live blog. If you missed anything from Media Day, you can visit the live blog by clicking here.

Lincoln is represented by head coach Quinn Gray, Derek Curry, Alexander Sobeski and Lorenzo Geathers Jr.

Coach Gray’s opening statement
“We’re looking forward into going to the 2017 season. it’s been a tremendous offseason for us this summer. Guys have been working tremendously hard to make sure we’re ready for the vigor of the season.”

Coach Gray in learning his team in his first season
“The biggest thing I’ve seen is work ethic. You don’t have a group of guys that are complaining, you’ve got a group who are putting their nose to the ground and working. We’ve got a good mix of younger and older guys.”

Coach Gray on the tough schedule early
“I think we’ve started to get that under control with our team camp. We saw some things that we felt were good at this point to head into fall camp next week. Obviously, there are some minor details we need to tighten on, but other than that, I’m happy with where we are. Other than that, we’ll work on basic schematical things.”

Coach Gray on what he liked during the spring game
“Overall, it was a good start for us.”

Players on adapting to the head coaching change
Geathers - “With the change of coach, it was just a stepping stone. We’re going to keep the tradition going.”
Sobeski - “I feel like the work ethic is still there. It’s my senior year, let’s keep it going.”

Players on what they enjoy about Coach Gray
Geathers - “I can honestly say he’s made the game fun again. It’s a family environment.”
Sobeski - “I feel like the team has come a lot closer over the summer."