Preps start prepping |

Preps start prepping

Ryan Salm/Sierra SunTruckee High varsity football players run drills in practice on Thursday.

Truckee High football players are in pads and hitting, preparing for their run at a third consecutive Nevada 3A state title.

“It’s definitely different this year,” said fullback Drew Stewart, the lone returning starting senior on offense. “I think we’re a little smaller. We’re looking pretty good, though. I think we’ll be fine.”

The Wolverines’ situation is indeed different from a year ago, when returning seniors were in the majority. While Stewart is the only returning starting senior on offense, strong safety Nick Krasensky is alone in that category on the defensive side.

This year, after losing 25 players to graduation, Truckee will field 26 juniors and 16 seniors ” a total of 42 bodies. That number is slightly down from last year’s total of 45 and the 2004 total of around 50, Truckee head coach Bob Shaffer said.

Though conceding that the team is also decidedly smaller in terms of player size, Shaffer is not worried.

“We feel like we have a pretty athletic team that has worked hard in the offseason,” he said.

Shaffer is confident that the baby steps taken in practice should put the Wolverines where they need to be come Sept. 2 when they kick off their season against Bishop.

“Our philosophy is kind of to start slow and do a lot of skill teaching,” he said, adding that Wednesday was the first day with significant contact in practice. “We’re just starting to introduce some plays.”

The Wolverines began double-day practices last Thursday ” lifting weights every other day before practice ” and are putting in about four and a half hours between the two daily workouts, Stewart said.

During the second half of practice, players “go all out at each other,” then watch the tape in between practices, Stewart said of the full contact drills.

As of now the majority of the positions are far from decided. The main goal in practice, Shaffer said, is to “give the coaches a chance to see where everybody fits and hopefully get them in the right spot to use their talent.”

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