DICKSON — With a new head coach in David Gilliam and two new assistants, the Dickson Comets football program has a different feel during spring workouts.

Gilliam added assistant Eric Bradley from Altus and Lee Mays from Tishomingo to the Comets’ staff.

“The kids are getting to know the new guys and we’re getting to know each other, building camaraderie that way,” Gilliam said. “We’re kind of doing it on the fly. But it’s been great. Everybody is stepping in like they’ve been here. I’m excited.”

The Comets began Friday morning and will work for 10 days before a team camp in Mustang and 7-on-7 during the summer.

“We’ve got good numbers out,” Gilliam said. “We’ll finish up next week and have team camp in Mustang on June 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Then we’ll start lifting weights after that.”

The Comets will join 17 other teams for team camp, giving them a chance to gauge their progress against a mix of styles. 

Gilliam has made changes to the offense and is moving players around after losing 13 seniors from a successful 6-4 season in 2013.

“They’ve been picking it up, there have been some changes on offense going more to the I-set instead of the flexbone,” Gilliam said. “We’ve got some people making position changes that are coming along.”
The entire starting linebacker unit was part of the senior class but the underclassmen stepping into those roles have fared well in spring practices.

“We’ve got good young kids stepping up,” Gilliam said. “Linebacker is one position where we’ve got kids stepping up and taking ownership.”

The spring practices will serve as a stepping stone to the beginning of preseason workouts in August. 

“We’re putting some offensive wrinkles in and kind of setting the tone for when we start back in August,” Gilliam said. “We want to be a physical football team and make sure we get the kids into positions and filling the holes. We’ll bounce some guys around and see where they fit best.”