We kick off our high school football previews with a team that many predicted big things for in 2012, but after coming up short of the playoffs the Wolves of LBJ are confident this is their year.
The mood is different on the LBJ practice field from seasons past and to a man they know it all starts with their attitudes.
"There's no more of the negative side, it's more on the positive side focusing more on that. The coaching staff played a big part in that too. Changing their attitude and it's rubbed off on the players too." (Erick Garay, LBJ Quarterback)
"There is a better attitude about coming to practice and attendance has been great." (Oscar Villasenor, LBJ Head Coach)
"Last year we were slacking off a lot of the times. This year everyone's on the ball, going hard with a lot of discipline." (Rolando Flores, LBJ Defensive Tackle)
The Wolves will have a new look this year on offense as they transition away from their traditional option look and will now go out of the shotgun with more of a spread look.
"We believe we have more speed now than we've ever had at our skill positions. So we want to take advantage of that."
In addition to the speed, LBJ thinks they have the numbers to pull off the switch with over 140 kids out this year. That depth could play a big part in their season after 2012 was derailed with the injury to quarterback Erick Garay who is back for his senior season under center.
"Erick's been a great leader for the last two years. He's a great football player and student of the game. He's important to our offense."
The QB says with all the changes he knows his teammates are ready to take that next step this year.
"When I look to my left and my right i know i got my guys backing me up at all times and that's all I can count for. Knowing that once I go in there I have my teammates back and they have mine."