Prep Zone: Charlotte Catholic football practice starts

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – The Charlotte Catholic Cougars hit the field early Monday morning to start their intensive football training. Head Coach Jim Oddo has a lot of hope for the team with several starters coming back and high expectations to meet.

There's still some speculation on how well the team will do this season with the loss of some key players like David Herlocker, Mark Harrell and Jack Brodowicz. As a CCHS senior, Herlocker tallied over 1,000 yards and 13 touchdowns for the 2011 season.

Coach Oddo, however, doesn't seem shaken by the loss, but rather confident with the players that remain, rising senior, Alex Sabates and junior, Elijah Hood. Hood holds the school record of 1,982 yards and 35 touchdowns all during last season.

Coach said that when players graduate, the team that's left usually compensates by getting stronger in other areas. He talked about bringing new quarterback, Ryan Miller, up to speed. They're working with him in every aspect to secure a great season, but Coach is confident in his ability, saying they run the ball about 70% of the time.

There is a lot of anticipation from the fans heading into this season, but Coach said it's the kids who put the highest expectations on themselves and it's what makes them work so hard.

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