DICKSON — For head football coach Jeremy Reed and his Dickson Comets, taking the summer off wasn't something that crossed anyone's mind.

Dickson is in full stride with its summer workout program, only a month away from the start of practice, with focus on hard work and adapting to some system adjustments.

The Comets are holding workouts four days a week, consisting of strength training and conditioning programs that began earlier this summer.

"Our players have been working really hard this summer and we think it will pay off this fall," Reed said.

Along with their weekly summer workouts, the Comets are also taking part in their own team camp this week; something that Reed believes will help immensely in the fall.

"It helps with retention from spring practice and into the fall," Reed said. "It's good for the kids to get out there and get familiar with some things in our system."

Dickson will make the switch from the spread offense, which Reed has specialized in for most of his playing and coaching career; to the flexbone — an option-based offense. Reed feels that this will fit his personnel in a more efficient way.

"We think it will really help us a lot," said Reed, whose club finished 4-6 last year. "It fits our kids a lot better. We're excited about it going forward."

The Comets will continue work this week, as team camp runs from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., with summer pride workouts following after from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

After all of the hard work this summer, and the excitement of the change on offense, spirits are high around Dickson and with good reason.

"We think this gives us a chance to be a better football team," said Reed. "We hope it can help us get to the playoffs."

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