Orange cones, barrels, and hard hats; Benton's practice resembles a construction zone in 2012.
It's a fitting scene. Head coach Caleb Guidry's rebuilding Benton, and the retooling begins in the
trenches, where the offensive and defensive lines return one starter: Senior
And if coach Guidry's the general contractor, Seegers is the site manger:
"He had an opportunity to play early last year. Took advantage of that opportunity," Guidry said. "He turned himself into a good football player and now he's gonna have to be the leader."
Seegers is embracing the role.
"Any guys that have any questions, just come to me I'll help you out with anything you need," Seegers said. "I love it. I'm ready to step up and they say I'm gonna play both ways. And I wanna play both ways. It's gonna be great."
It might be great, but it's not with glory. It comes with grit. The Tigers' offensive crew makes its money pounding the rock, and Coach Guidry's making sure this crew gets their due.
"Our top offensive lineman gets to wear a hard hat. Follow me, that's what it says on it. Our system is based in a way that we can play with some of these guys that aren't very big offensively. We dont' have typical offensive lineman here."
More credits certainly welcome, but Seegers says it's about the results.
"Once you see your running back score and you see them getting recognition. It helps us feel good. Knowing we helped to pave the way for them."
This once proud program has suffered two straight losing seasons, something Guidry's not accustomed to; but this blue collar crew's isn't concerned with who gets their due, as long as they don't lose.
"We try to throw them a bone when we can, but they know what little recognition they're going to have. That's the attitude we have to take. We're all in this and we want a "W"."
The players say they're optimistic about the 2012 season.
"This is gonna be a good team. We can be in every game we play. Fight to the fourth quarter and be in the game at the end."