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Carter settling into football coaching change


STRAWBERRY PLAINS, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A new voice now calling the shots for the Carter High School football team.

"Okie, hornet, away, green!" Jeff McMillan barks out to his team.

"It took them a little while to get use to it (the coaching change), but they've bought in," new Carter head coach Jeff McMillan said.

"They're doing things the way we want them done now. I've enjoyed every minute of it since January and it's gone really well."

McMillan spent the last three years as an assistant at Fulton. He replaced Heath Woods, who stepped down after 12 seasons with the Hornets.

McMillan has a defensive background, but it's another 'D' that will be among his priorities in taking Carter to the next level.

"The biggest thing we've been working on right now is discipline. We started with shirts being turned wrong side out for laundry and that kind of thing and doing extra running for that. They've taken that and carried it to the field."

"In our locker room, we have certain places for helmets, shoulder pads, everything like that. If they are not in the right spot, we run," Carter lineman Logan Hurst said.

Three of McMillan's assistants were a part of last year's staff. Three of them are new. Among the new faces, is a familiar name: former Vol Daniel Hood.

Hood quickly realized the biggest difference in coaching and playing.

"You don't realize how much coaches have to prepare for a single practice," Hood said.

And unlike what he has been accustomed too, those practices aren't nearly specialized.

"You don't have a defensive line. You don't have an offensive line. You have kids playing both and so I might get ten minutes to work on defensive line and so when we go to defensive line drills, we have to be fast. We have to be moving with tempo. Otherwise, I don't get thru the drills and I don't get everyone coached up."


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