STRAWBERRY PLAINS, Tenn. (WVLT) -- There's reason for the Carter Green Hornets to be buzzing this season.
Carter has some key players back from last year's playoff team.
The Green Hornets went 5-6, getting knocked out of the first round of the playoffs by eventual state champion Fulton.
Entering his 12th season at Carter, head coach Heath Woods has six starters back on both offense and defense.
Right now, one of the key battles in fall camp is at quarterback, where three players are competing for the starting job.
While an inexperienced quarterback learns on the job, look for the Hornets to turn to talented tailback Antonio Brabson early in the season.
This season, Woods has installed a "no excuses" mantra. He knows his squad won't always be perfect, but he doesn't want to hear about it.
"Everybody is gonna have pitfalls in life, and a lot of excuses are good excuses, but they're still excuses. They're just that," Woods said.
"I know that's an old cliche. Everybody wants to say no excuses, but at the same time we want to try to do better every time. We don't want to make an excuse what we didn't do well."
And his players have bought in.
"We have an aggressive mentality," wide receiver Tucker green said. " We're ready to go out and get it. We're not gonna hold anything back, and if we make a mistake we're just gonna man up and own it and we're not gonna make an excuse for it."
Carter opens up the season August 23 at Gibbs.