By: Kenny Morales | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
July 28, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- John Paul II enters 2017 with a new head coach, as former Florida State wideout Kez McCorvey takes over the play calling duties from Cedric Jones, who is now at FAMU DRS.
JP II has reached the post season in each of the past two years, but the incoming head coach doesn't have his sights set on just a third-straight postseason appearance.
"It's like a sprinter. He keeps running a 10.5, then one day he runs a 10.3 and then he consistently runs 10.3 until it's part of his norm, and we want to push that envelope with our program until it's apart of our norm so we can take the program to the next level," said McCorvey.
"Our goal is to build off the foundation that was here," he added at Big Bend Media Day. "I’m not coming into a situation where I’ve got new guys. I’m coming into a position where I’ve got guys who can shoot and fly with the ball."
Below, you can view the JP II transcript from WCTV's Media Day live blog. If you missed anything from Media Day, you can visit the live blog by clicking here.
John Paul II - 3:12 p.m.
JP II is represented by head coach Kez McCorvey, Sam Smith, and two other players
Coach McCorvey's opening statements
“My expectations this year are simple - I want the guys to work hard, we’re going to practice hard and have practice be the best thing we do. And I want the guys to love each other"
Coach McCorvey's initial thoughts heading into the season
“I think the guys love each other and enjoy being around each other. Football is about motivation - if you’re motivated, you can do just about anything. So, my goal is to be very motivated.”
Coach McCorvey on building from a 5-win season
“Our goal is to build off the foundation that was here. I’m not coming into a situation where I’ve got new guys. I’m coming into a position where I’ve got guys who can shoot and fly with the ball.”
Coach McCorvey on the brand of football JP II fans can expect for 2017
“It’s called the good brand.” [Laughs] “We’ve gone fast, we’ve gone slow, we’ve run the west coast offense. We’re gonna run with what we can. A lot of our stuff is going to be tailored around our players. Our goal is to outplay.”
Coach McCorvey on the importance of having a QB who can throw the ball well
“Everywhere I go, I’ve been able to throw the ball. My goal is to lead Tallahassee in not just offense, but in defense. I want my guys to believe in the system. I want them to be the best.”
Sam Smith on learning a new coach
“He came and he was big on technique - breaking down everything and making sure we got it right. Also, coming together as brothers as one big family.”