The Tigers wrapped up spring football with a two-day team camp with Stilwell and Stigler on Tuesday.
Coach James Singleton is revamping an offensive line that graduated three three-year starters from the Tigers 6-5 team a year ago.
“The offensive line is going to make or break you,” said Singleton. “We feel like we are farther along on the offensive line at this point than expected.”
Jared Ragland and Nick Burt return up front in the trenches and the Tigers look to Ace Eastwood and Adam Rigney as well as Jared Cornelius and Michael Rosales, who started as a freshman on the defensive line.
“As far as skill players go, we are solid,” added Singleton.
Senior quarterback J.R. Singleton will be a four-year starter this fall. Tristan Johnson, Chris Walker and Kyle Martin all return for the Tigers ground and pound attack.
“These seniors are the first group to be in the system four years,” said Singleton. “We want to be known as a physical football team here at Fort Gibson and the potential is there. We will run the football.”
On the flip side of the ball the Tigers return all but two starters and get back a “very physical” linebacker in senior McKenna Terrell. Terrell was lost for the year to an ACL injury in week three against Hilldale. J.R. Singleton will pull double duty this year starting at free safety with Jordan London returning on the strong side. The Tigers have a three-way battle at the cornerback spot with three seniors in Will Rumbley, Keifer Kirkhart and Colton Olivares.
“They all have experience and we will have some nickel packages to get all three guys out there,” said Singleton.
Singleton said he is most impressed with the team’s continuity and senior leadership while participating in spring ball.
The Tigers have Summer Pride starting June 9 and will participate in 7-on-7 passing leagues every Tuesday in June and one in July.
“We will get bigger and stronger this off-season and get it done,” added Singleton.