Yukon football just completed the first spring practice season and team camp under new head coach Jeremy Reed.
The Millers went through 10 days of spring practice that concluded on Tuesday evening at Miller Stadium with a community cook-out that followed the final workout.
YHS had the day off from team workouts on Wednesday but they were back at it on Thursday morning with team camp at Putnam City High School. There were four teams competing in the team camp, including Yukon, Putnam City, Edmond North and Altus.
Team camp lasted two days with the final session taking place Friday morning.
With spring practice and team camp in the rearview mirror, the Millers will now focus on their summer strength and conditioning program until they prepare for preseason practice in August.
Reed said he was pleased with how his team improved throughout the spring workouts.
“We had a great spring,” Reed said. “The continued installation of the offense is going pretty well. We still have a lot to implement and we need to clean up a lot of things with it but at this point, I am very pleased with where we are in the process.
“I thought we had a great attitude as a team all spring as well. The guys came out ready to work and that’s what they have done. We are a better team now than we were when we started.”
For the first time since Reed has been the leader of Miller football, Yukon was able to compete against someone other than themselves with the team camp on Thursday and Friday.
Reed said he thought the camp went well and it was a good learning experience for his players.
“I thought we dominated early, especially offensively,” Reed said. “We hit a lull right in the middle there and struggled some. That is a learning opportunity for us. We have to learn how to fight through adversity because things aren’t going to go well for us all the time. It was a good challenge for us mentally.”
As the Millers enter the summer workout season, Reed said he wants to see everything improve but there is one area he wants his players develop more of through their strength and conditioning program.
“If I had to pick just one thing I want us to get the most of out of the summer workouts, I would have to say mental toughness,” Reed said. “Being mentally tough in football is vital. It can be the difference in winning and losing a tough ballgame in the fourth quarter when our bodies are tired. Our strength and conditioning program is specifically designed to develop that mental toughness that we will need in the fall.”